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Popular Music Teachers Near Desoto

Susan T.

Grand Prairie, TX
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Elizabeth E.

Dallas, TX
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Whitney H.

Dallas, TX
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Susan T. Grand Prairie, TX

About Susan B.

I would first like to say that I was born into a musical family. My Dad (choir director) and five older brothers were not only the majority of the choir in our large Catholic church, but Dad had a "tame" Frank Sinatra singing style. My mother played harmonica and piano by ear so acquiring musical intellects spread quickly to all of us. Most of my siblings sang and played instruments as we had a piano, guitar, organ, harmonica, trumpet, clarinet and a recorder to use as we pleased, with or without a music teacher.

I started singing and playing the piano at age four. With consistent encouragement from my oldest sister (a professional organist for 40+ years), I learned piano and music theory while I was learning to read English, started guitar at eight. A natural born ...

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Kathryn R. January 16, 2014
Piano
Verified Student
excellent piano teacher

Susan Taylor is an excellent piano teacher. We are very, very happy with the lessons she has given us. She has that much desired quality of being flexible and understanding, not pushing the student too hard, and yet expecting the student to "perfect" her short pieces, so that she is playing beautifully right from the start. I highly recommend Ms. Taylor to anyone, adult or child, who is interested in learning to play the piano.
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Mary S. January 6, 2014
Singing
Verified Student
Amazing

Ms. Taylor is a wonderful teacher. She is very patient, caring and understanding. I am very shy and have anxiety problems but she does her best to help me to relax and not feel so shy. She is very knowledgable and helpful. You couldn't ask for a better instructor.
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Yilfashewa S. January 2, 2014
Piano
Verified Student
Good Job

Suzan is a good piano teacher; my doubter was accepted to good music based school after only a short time preparation with Suzan for an audition. She is always pleasant to work with, highly knowledgeable and very professional. If my daughter continues the lesson with her, she will be perfect playing the piano or even be a teacher herself. Keep up the good job Suzan.
Elizabeth E. Dallas, TX

About Elizabeth

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 ...

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timea H. January 15, 2014
Piano
Verified Student
excellent with children

She has been teaching my 7 year old son for about two years, and the 4 year old for half a year. She has been absolutely fantastic with them, kind and engaging, while taking teaching and progress seriously. She also keeps entertaining magazines to engage the child waiting for the other.
My sons both love piano, and enjoy her lessons, always go there with enthusiasm. They have made a wonderful progress and to the delight of the family the boys like to demonstrate what they have learned.
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Angelina G. October 28, 2013
Piano
Verified Student
Highly recommended...

My now 6 yr old son has been taking lessons with Elizabeth for just short over a year now. I am pleased to say that I am very happy with his progress. He's a very talkative and hyper child that can get easily distracted but she seems to be able to keep him entertained and interested in the lesson. I look forward to continuing lessons with her and will highly recommend her.
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Joe A. May 5, 2013
Piano
Verified Student
A teacher that inspires

My grandson has been with Elizabeth for about a year and he has made great progress. He looks forward to attending piano lessons and and showing her what he has learned and practiced during the week. She is a great motivator and makes him feel that he is really accomplishing a lot. I am very glad that we found Elizabeth for his piano teacher because she has given him a desire to be good at playing the piano. She also allows us to sit and enjoy listening to our grandson play.
Whitney H. Dallas, TX

About Whitney

I am a classically trained pianist who competed in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area for 15 years (began lessons at age 5). While I do posses the training that allows me to instruct students who are interested in performance level musicianship, I by no means expect my students to desire this for themselves.

My students have different interests and each are at a different skill level. Each student presents unique challenges, goals and progress so no matter what your interest/skill level is, we will make sure you are happy and successful.

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We'll speak briefly about your expectations and schedule, then formulate a plan that will help you reach your goals. Whether your goal is to learn scales by the end of the month, figure out where middle C is, or ...

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Alexander R. August 25, 2014
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
If bees had knees, they'd name them Whitney. She's very supportive and adaptive to her students.

I am a first time player and she never makes me feel like i'm wasting her time or frustrating to work with.

I also have a crazy schedule that she is able to work around which may be the most important aspect of our relationship. She always is accommodating to all my issues which helps relieve the stress and challenge of learning something abstract.

Thanks Whitney!
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Maria H. July 30, 2013
Piano
Excellent teacher for all levels!

While I played the cello as a child, I'm an adult beginner when it comes to piano.

I've been taking piano lessons from Whitney for a year, and I really like studying with her. When I first started, we sat down and talked about my goals. She was able to start with where I was (familiar with musical concepts, able to read the base clef, unfamiliar with treble, and baffled at how to make my hands work together) and have our lessons perfectly suited to what I need. It's a perfect balance so I can understand the basics, but we can breeze right through what I already know. Now I can play several songs that actually sounds like real music and I'm so excited!

I definitely have some goal pieces I'd like to play one day, and Whitney's been excellent at finding pieces for me to learn that are the incremental steps. We've also done fun pieces, like Halloween and Christmas songs, as well as Disney songs leading up to a trip I'm taking. She's amazing at helping me find pieces that are something I'm really interested in but that also challenge me just enough.

She helps me with technique, and especially helps me set up how to practice, so I can keep progressing without getting stuck with one warm up exercise.

Also, her studio is BEAUTIFUL.
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Denny D. July 29, 2013
Piano
Great teacher!

I am 60 years old and have returned to daily play and practice after sporadic playing for decades. I hired Whitney because I was working on pieces that quite frankly I felt I could not play. I asked her one day if she thought I could play Schubert's opus 90 no,1. Her answer was decisive. She said, "It's not so much whether I think you could play it (you could, you're able). The question is really will you do the necessary practice to produce that result?"
In a steady progression Whitney returned me to the basics necessary to build the skills for performance level. Starting with scales and the circle of fifths, the relative minor and arpeggio practice Whitney very quickly sharpened my skills to my previous performance level and then I experienced playing beyond what I thought I could do.
I am now fulfilling a lifetime dream of practicing and playing the Goldberg Variations by Bach, something I thought that I would never do.
I highly recommend this teacher, her training starts right where you are at.

Haley S.

Dallas, TX
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Sarah M.

Dallas, TX
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Steven B.

Lancaster, TX
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Haley S. Dallas, TX

About Haley

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 ...

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Alyssa P. November 6, 2014
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Haley is an incredibly talented instructor, communicator, and musician. Although I had taken several years off from singing, Haley immediately set me at ease with her clear guidance, patience, and outgoing personality. One of the biggest challenges I have found with voice instructors is that it can be difficult to communicate what the student should be doing. Haley is fantastic at articulating correct techniques with metaphors and descriptions that truly resonate. In addition, her positive attitude and personality make every lesson a joy. In just a short time, my confidence and vocal technique has greatly improved, demonstrating the true value that lessons with Haley provide.
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Maureen L. June 4, 2014
Voice · In home
Verified Student
Haley is an outstanding instructor- she gives voice lessons to my 14 y.o. daughter. Haley is very encouraging, professional, has a great sense of humor, and she's willing to let the student choose some of the repertoire (she has an extensive knowledge of many genres); all of which help quell my daughter's performance anxiety. She's also a great administrator- stays on top of how many appointments we've had, is quick to respond when we need to reschedule, and is easily reachable by phone or email. We highly recommend Haley: she brightens our day with her positive outlook, energy, enthusiasm, and talent. Maureen Lupton
Sarah M. Dallas, TX

About Sarah

Since graduating in 2003 from The Juilliard School with a BFA in Drama, I've worked steadily as a professional actress, musician, teacher, and writer, based out of both New York City and Los Angeles. In May of this year, I relocated to Dallas, Texas to be near family, and am excited by the potential of the impressive local arts scene here.

I love teaching and consider each student a gift. Taking part in minds opening and skills developing; discovering how to connect with each individual; the moment when a student's eyes light up and say "Ohhh.. I get it... its like/when..." - these are remarkable experiences to share.

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Blaise W. September 13, 2014
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
I have nothing but good things to say about Sarah. I've been going to Sarah for singing lessons for a few months now and in each session I have been challenged and I have also had fun. I have gained so much confidence and I have heard significant improvement in my voice. Sarah is relaxed, well informed, exceptionally trained, and very encouraging. She made it a priority to understand what my goals were as a singer and how to best teach me so that I could reach them. Taking lessons with Sarah has been a great experience for me. She's awesome!
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Nina L. September 10, 2014
Singing · In home
Verified Student
I've been taking singing lessons from Sarah for a while now. She graduated from Juilliard in Acting, voice and singing which were obviously a major part of her studies. She's a wonderful teacher. Not only does she know her stuff (the last singing teacher I had - his idea of teaching was "sing like me"), but, from my experience, she really gets to know her students - their strengths/areas to work on, goals, learning style - and gives lessons that directly address such. I especially liked learning the physical warm-ups (stretches) that's most helpful prior to performing. Thanks, Sarah!
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evan Z. July 31, 2014
Audition Prep · In home
Sarah coached me on countless auditions for professional theatre, television and film jobs in New York City. Her firsthand knowledge of the industry combined with her insight into voice, speech and text analysis always left me feeling confident and prepared. She is a wonderful teacher. I can't recommend her enough. If you're a beginner or a seasoned veteran, Sarah offers an expertise that will be beneficial to you. And because of her caring and gentle approach, working with her inspires confidence and is just plain fun.
Steven B. Lancaster, TX

About Steven

Hello, a little about myself, I have a bachelors degree in Music Education from Florida A&M University and Specialist Certificate in Jazz Composition and Arranging from Berklee College of Music. I have been teaching for the last 17 yrs as either a elementary or middle school band director. I have lead many of my students to All City Honors, superior ratings at Solo and Ensemble and alike. I am a woodwind specialist who can teach brass performance. I would like to extend an invitation to all students who are interested in jazz studies as it relates to scales, interpreting chord symbols, establishing tunes for your repertoire and overall performance.

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