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Popular Music Teachers Near Durham

Maria V.

Durham, NC
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Brandon B.

Durham, NC
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Thomas D.

Durham, NC
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Maria V. Durham, NC

Subjects Taught

Music Performance, Music Theory, Piano, Viola, Violin

About Me

BIOGRAPHY
Violist Maria F. V. began her music studies at the Carabobo Music Conservatory where she played in the Infantile & Youth Orchestras, and in the Carabobo Symphony Orchestra. She then transcended her studies to the Simon Bolivar Music Conservatory and into the Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela. She has performed with different other orchestras such Venezuela Youth National Orchestra, New Jersey Youth Orchestra, Peru National Orchestra, Gustav Mahler Symphony Orchestra, and Latin-American Symphony Orchestra. She has worked with conductors such as Eduardo Salazar, Joshua Dos Santos, Gustavo Dudamel, Sir Simon Rattle and Claudio Abbado.

She holds a BM Performance degree from University of Kentucky, and a MM Performance degree from the University of North Carolina-Greensboro where she worked as Teacher Assistant under Scott Rawls. She has attended several music festivals within the United States and Internationally such as: Cincinnati Conservatory Music Festival, Cleveland Institute of Music Viola Workshop, Brevard Music Festival, Aspen Music Festival, Orford Music Center in Canada, Parma Conservatory-Italy, Musica en Compostela in Spain, and many others. Back at home in Venezuela she is considered founder of el Sistema√ʬ¬Ä¬¬ôs Carabobo Music Conservatory. Her Major teachers include Santiago Garmendia, Margaret Karp, John Graham, and Scott Rawls.

TEACHING
As a performer, soloist and active chamber musician, and as a pedagogue, I provide private lessons to any individual interested in the art of music, education, and the good times. My teaching welcomes individuals from the youngest to college students. My primary instrument is the Viola, and simultaneously I focus on the instruction of the Violin, and the early and beginning studies of the piano. I have great experience as master class teacher, sectional leader, group teaching, and individual or one-in-one pioneer.

THE OUTCOMES
Apart from the academic outcomes the student will obtain at lessons, my intentions as a teacher and artist is to incorporate and welcome the student in the fantastic music world and literature. One of the many purposes of music is the idea of the student developing a sense of responsibility along with following tasks in a didactic and dynamic manner. I love bringing and promoting the idea and the philosophy of enthusing and inculcating a leadership position of the student in the family, and building most importantly a harmonic and artistic environment among their relatives and into their homes. I love to program and propose little student recitals in where the student will have the opportunity in performing the pieces worked throughout the teaching sessions in a little concert for their friends and family. Every student loves the fun in which they get from these opportunities and from their performance experiences. I do believe that the learning and instruction of music is an important influential factor in participating and in the development of many other abilities and skills; in the expansion and promotion of creativity, the adoption of a more discipline attitude for other arts, it helps to easier approach other academic courses, and to focus on developing the tools and creativity to participate at their schools and anywhere else.

*** Lesson Details ***
METHODOLOGIES
About the teaching methods used, I basically like to approach the beginner student through the methods of Suzuki, which is a very efficient and didactic method most pedagogues uses today. This one is a clear method that demands from the student and it simultaneous engages the interaction and participation of their parents, family, friends, and their community as well. In other occasions, it is most common that I would also incorporate a new student to my studio-transfer students-, who would have used other materials and methods with his/her previous instructor. In this case I would continue using his/her methods to examine the level and content learned and practiced. Then, it is in later lessons where we might establish and suggest other good methods and books to which the student might be ready to switch or scale up to.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Books, Stands, Metronomes, Chairs, Tuning & repair equipment, and more.

*** Specialties ***
Viola, Violin. Chamber, private, solo, & orchestra.

Brandon B. Durham, NC

Subjects Taught

Drum, Percussion

About Me

I have 20 years playing and teaching experience. I have played in several ensembles ranging from Jazz to Metal. My focus in teaching is to bring out not just the drummer, but the complete musician residing within my students. My lessons go beyond technique and repetition, and really focus on developing a complete musical sense on the drum set. Along with drum set I also teach general percussion (snare and glockenspiel) and music theory.

I have spent most of my playing and teaching career trying to learn as many percussive styles as possible. I have found that with each new rhythmic discovery my personal drumming style ebbs and flows, and through these experiences, my style has been refined. This excitement for drumming and rhythm is what I hope to inspire in my students; so lets start building the foundations of musical excellence!

*** Lesson Details ***
Each lesson is customized to the wants and needs of the individual student. There is a basic level of drumming competency that all students will be required to reach before moving on to a more customized lesson plan; however, even beginner students lessons will be taught to their learning abilities. The ultimate goal is to teach what the student wants to learn, along with imparting the drumming and musical skills to accomplish any and all goals.

Materials: I use the Breeze Easy method books to introduce note reading and basic music theory. I also use The Art of Bop Drumming and Afro-Cuban Rhythms for Drum Set for intermediate drum set students.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Drum set
Metronome
Music stand
Practice pad
Hand percussion

*** Travel Equipment ***
While I will bring basic equipment (i.e. practice pad, stick bag, metronome) to lessons, students will be required to obtain basic equipment to use for practice. A practice folder will be used to keep track of handouts, worksheets, and practice charts used throughout the lessons. The folder and handouts will be provided by me at no additional charge to the student.

*** Specialties ***
My specialty is jazz drumming. However, I teach most styles, incorporating the more melodic approach of jazz drumming to help the student understand what is happening musically. This way the student has a melodic reference to the rhythm they choose to play behind any given melody.

Thomas D. Durham, NC

Subjects Taught

Music Performance, Music Theory, Piano, Songwriting

About Me

I'm an extremely passionate and fun-loving musician wishing to utilize my unique set of skills in music composition, jazz piano, classical piano, non-jazz improvisation, ear training, and music theory to instruct my students in becoming well-rounded and expressive musicians.

I've performed extensively with UNC Jazz Combos as a pianist, along with other groups/bands around NC for gigs and fun. I've also performed at various venues as a singer/songwriter. In the Spring of 2012. I received the UNC-CH Department's "Thelma Thompson Composition Award" for my setting of Walt Whitman's poem, "Whispers of Heavenly Death" for Soprano and Piano.

*** Lesson Details ***
Each lesson would vary depending on the individual level of skill/wants/needs of each student. Accordingly, each lesson plan is very fluid, and will change as students progress.

Focuses could include: piano technique, ear training, scales, learning to swing (jazz), music theory, composing, song-writing, etc. In every lesson I will adhere to tried and true methods that have proven to develop great musicianship.

I consider myself different from other teachers as I focus more on creating a well-rounded musician. In my opinion, well-rounded musicians progress to professional levels much quicker than those stuck on one subject.

I'm very relaxed and laid back, and try my best to make lessons fun and inspiring. That being said, I do expect students to put in the time/hard work it takes to become great musicians.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Upright Piano, excellent condition. Casio PX-320, 88 key, fully weighted.

*** Travel Equipment ***
It is expected that students will provide their own piano or keyboard.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in both jazz and classical, and believe on training the ears and mind as extensively as the fingers. As such, I will offer to teach ear training and music theory to all of my students.

I'm an extremely proficient composer/songwriter who's written for chamber ensembles, jazz ensembles, vocal ensembles, vocal soloists, film, and the pop/rock medium. I can provide lessons in writing music for all ages and stages, from young to old/beginner to advanced.

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