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Popular Music Performance Teachers Near Fairview Heights

Zack H.

Hazelwood, MO
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Angela H.

Hazelwood, MO
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Harvey C.

Edwardsville, IL
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Zack H. Hazelwood, MO

Subjects Taught

Music Performance, Music Theory, Trombone, Trumpet, Tuba

About Me

I've been playing trumpet for just about 15 years. I studied trumpet at a college level at Lindenwood University, and have held top positions in the university's music ensembles, in spite of not being a music major. I will be graduating with my degree in Chemistry in 2013.
Outside of college, I play professionally with several groups, and sub in other ensembles whenever I can.
I have the most fun playing trumpet when I get to play higher and louder, so I specialize in jazz lead playing, and I rather enjoy the cover band gigs that keep me above the staff for hours at a time.
I have had the chance to study with a number of excellent world-class musicians, and I try to take the lessons I have learned from them and apply them towards helping my students. I'm trying to avoid name-dropping, but if you sign up for lessons, I promise to tell you all about it!
Also, I'm now doing online lessons too!

*** Lesson Details ***
General Teaching Philosophy:
My job as a teacher is to provide the correct direction and criticisms to help my students succeed. I tailor lessons and material to the specific needs and challenges of every student. If I have done my job correctly, than the only limitation is the ambition of the student.
How much effort the student puts into their instrument determines how much they will get out of it. To this end, my teaching philosophy is to first focus on getting students to play with a good sound before focusing on building range or technical ability. If a student doesn't like the sound they make when they play, then they won't enjoy playing, and won't be motivated to practice. A student who enjoys the sound they have will be motivated to practice more.
I am not a strict teacher; I understand that sometimes life gets in the way of practice. But, as a teacher, it is my job to help you improve, and if that means telling you when you aren't putting forth the appropriate effort, I'm up to the task.

For beginner and basic students, there are a number of books we can work out of. Usually I recommend working out of the same books that the student is required to have by their school band program.
For more advanced students, there is a wide variety of useful material available. Some of the materials I use include:
- Clarke Technical Studies
- The Arban Book
- Jamey Aebersold's Jazz Play-A-Longs
- Various exercises I have developed or learned from other brass players.
- etc

*** Studio Equipment ***
I have several spaces in my home suitable for lessons. I teach most lessons in my office or living room. My living room has better acoustics, but my office is more private. Both locations have computers with large screens that I can use to display sheet music, play recordings, or run play-a-long tracks. I also have a nice high workload printer/copier/scanner that I can use to make copies or print out materials for you. I have pianos available for use, when applicable, in two rooms of the house, and a number of music stands.
For Skype lessons, I have an HD webcam and a studio quality recording microphone to provide the best possible experience.

*** Travel Equipment ***

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in playing jazz lead/commercial music, and especially playing in the upper register of the trumpet.

Angela H. Hazelwood, MO

Subjects Taught

Accompaniment, Arrangement and Composition, Audition Prep, Broadway Singing, Christian Gospel, Classical Piano, Classical Voice, Composition, Country Singing, Ear Training, Gospel Singing, Jazz Voice, Musical Theater, Music Performance, Music Theory, Opera Voice, Piano, Singing, Songwriting

About Me

Hi! My name is Angela, and I teach private piano, voice, and theory lessons. I love teaching, and have taught many ages (4 to 92) and ability levels (novice to advanced). I am a dependable, knowledgeable, and enthusiastic teacher. I offer lessons for 30, 45, or 60-minute weekly sessions in my music studio. I do not offer bi-weekly lessons or lessons in the student's home.

I started playing piano at age seven when my mother enrolled me in lessons. I have been playing ever since, and I absolutely love it. I began teaching private piano lessons in 2004, and have taught many thousands of lessons since that time. I have experience accompanying choirs, instrumentalists, and vocalists, as well as playing as a soloist in various piano competitions and recitals. I recently began taking lessons in jazz piano, a genre I never learned much about. I believe it is never too late to learn something new, and I am excited to start this new chapter of my musical life and to use this new knowledge to enhance my own teaching.

My love of singing began in my freshman year of high school, when I joined the choir. It was a life-changing experience, and inspired me to make music my career. I immediately began taking private voice lessons, and became a voice teacher myself by 2005. While in college, I was presented with many opportunities to learn and grow, both as a musician and as a teacher. I sang in several different collegiate choirs, and was nominated to be in the all-collegiate choir in 2007. I also passed yearly auditions to sing in Voices Only, Lindenwood's most advanced vocal group. During my junior and senior years at Lindenwood, I worked as the assistant director of Voices Only. This was a wonderful opportunity, and I learned so much while leading warm-ups every day, running sectionals on a weekly basis, directing the group during rehearsals and even during performances when the director was away. I currently sing in the Saint Louis Harmony Chorus, one of the top 25 women's barbershop choruses in the world. I am on the music faculty of the chorus, and am also the baritone section leader. I also sing in an award-winning barbershop quartet called Executive Sweets.

*** Lesson Details ***
Making music is a skill which can bring lifelong joy to the musician as well as everyone around them. While I can easily ensure that my students enjoy music-making while they are taking lessons, my ultimate goal is that students continue to want to make music throughout their entire life, even after they stop taking lessons. I firmly believe that my job as a teacher is to train my students to be independent and self-sufficient musicians, musicians who do not need to take piano lessons for the rest of their life. My ultimate goal with each student is that one day I can tell them that they don't need me anymore. Many teachers teach by rote, playing a passage to a student and then having the student play it back. Though this method is helpful in some situations, students who are taught in this manner often find that they are only able to play the songs taught to them in lessons, and that to learn a new song they must have a teacher by their side showing them how the song goes. In my lessons, however, students are taught to learn their own music though sight-reading, ear-training, music theory, and listening to and critiquing their own playing. Over time, this allows the student more and more freedom to make music without a teacher.

In my piano lessons I use the Faber's fabulous Piano Adventures series. In my opinion, they are the best books on the market, emphasizing reading by intervals as opposed to memorizing note names. This method minimizes student frustration while also decreasing the amount of time it takes a student to read a new song. Piano Adventures also focuses on developing sight reading and ear training skills, something most developing musicians don't study until college-level music courses. All of my piano students have the opportunity to play "€œfun songs,"€ that is, songs which may not be in their regular lesson books, but which the student truly has the desire to learn. These extra songs are always optional for the student, and the choice of song is always up to the student. Fun songs can be of any genre: Classical (Für Elise, Clair de Lune, Moonlight Sonata), Jazz (Linus and Lucy, The Pink Panther, The Entertainer), Popular (Clocks, Don€™t Stop Believin€™, Great Balls of Fire), or any song that suits the student€™s interest (songs from video games, favorite TV shows or movies, folk tunes, etc). The fun song will typically be more challenging than the rest of the student€™s pieces, and helps to retain student interest and, when learned, is something the student can really be proud of accomplishing.

Vocal students are not required to purchase a curriculum for voice lessons, as lessons are based around the fundamentals of singing (breath support, head/chest voice, tone, and diction) and focused on each student€™s desired repertoire. Students will be working on two songs at any given time. The first song is entirely of the student€™s choosing, while the other will be chosen by the student from the vast stores of generally accepted vocal repertoire. This second song can be an aria, art song, or Broadway piece, and the student may choose from a variety of languages (English, Italian, German, French, Spanish, and Latin) in which to sing. Each lesson also includes warm-ups tailored to each student to develop technique and expand range, and a short theory or ear training session. Depending on student interest, these lessons may also include work on improvisation, composing, and musical dictation.

*** Studio Equipment ***
My home is a split-level, with my private living area above and my music studio below. There is a waiting area just outside the music studio, as well as a half-bath specifically designated for students and parents. The studio itself contains a piano and organ, my personal music library, and additional seating for parents. There is a full-length mirror for vocal students to watch their performance skills grow, and a gumball machine for when younger students have an exceptionally good lesson.

*** Specialties ***
Sight reading!
Ear training

Harvey C. Edwardsville, IL

Subjects Taught

Acting, Broadway Singing, Drum, Music Performance, Music Theory, Opera Voice, Percussion, Piano, Singing, Speaking Voice, Trumpet

About Me

I have studied at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music and hold undergraduate and graduate degrees in music from Bowling Green State University College of Musical Arts (Ohio). While teaching as a post graduate student at Indiana University School of Music, Bloomington, Indiana I studied with Metropolitan Opera Baritone Walter Cassel.

I have performed as a tenor soloist in traditional and contemporary musical styles including Handel’s Messiah, roles as Maestro Spinelloccio in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi, Tiny Tim in Something Special (the World’s First Barbershop Opera), Robert Livingston in 1776, and Sancho, in Man of LaMancha.

One of my original songs, Another Silent night, was premiered by the American Cabaret Theater in Indianapolis, Indiana with exceptionally positive reviews.

Ensembles under my direction have performed throughout the UK and Europe. His choirs have represented the United States at the Harrogate International Youth Music Festival, Harrogate, Great Britain and at concert venues in Germany, Belgium, and Austria.

*** Lesson Details ***
Our lessons are focused on the enjoyment of making music together. We set mini goals and objectives for the lessons. We work on music that you enjoy and that will help you improve as a musician. Whether you are just beginning, have studied before, or an experienced musician you will enjoy our work together.

Students have the opportunity to perform in two concerts per year ( fall and spring) and in a summer coffee house.

I can teach in your home or in my studio in Maryville, Illinois or East Alton, Illinois.

If I am traveling to your home we will need to have a quiet place to work with either a digital or acoustic keyboard.

I specialize in beginning to intermediate students of all ages. My studio currently has a student as young as five years of age and an adult who will turn seventy eight years old this year.

Daniel B.

Florissant, MO
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Danika H.

Saint Louis, MO
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Jesse S.

Edwardsville, IL
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Daniel B. Florissant, MO

Subjects Taught

Anatomy, Arithmetic, Basic Math, Drum, Elementary Math, English, ESL, Language, Math, Music Performance, Organ, Phonics, Piano, Pre Algebra, Reading, Science, Spanish, Test Prep

About Me

My name is Daniel B. I have my A.A. Degree and I am currently a junior at Washington University in St. Louis. I am majoring both in Psychology and Biology with a strong emphasis on counseling, research and medicine.

Since its founding in 2006, I have been involved Neighbor to Neighbor Outreach (NTNO), a non-profit organization whose goal it is to insure that the children, youth, and adults of inner-city St. Louis are provided tutoring for every imaginable subject.

My teaching style is quite simple and effective. I initially gauge the student's level of understanding of the subject or skill that he/she wishes to master. I then create a comprehensive learning plan which pushes the student to his/her limits while making the learning process both enjoyable and rewarding.

If you find yourself in need of my assistance, just let me know. I am able to work around your schedule and I am available to be contacted anytime.

*** Lesson Details ***
Initial Lesson:

- Subject understanding is determined.
- Necessary areas of improvement are determined.
- Preferred and/or most efficient study style is determined.
- Goals are set.

Each lesson will vary according to the student. As far as music studies are concerned, we will begin by ensuring mastery of the basics such as note recognition, chords, and correct fingering.

For each subject, the pattern will be similar. We will work on the basics and then we will progress commensurately.

*** Studio Equipment ***
M-Audio 88es Keyboard (MIDI Control/88 Keys)

*** Travel Equipment ***
Music Students:

M-Audio 88es Keyboard (MIDI Control/88 Keys)

Non-Music Students:

Subject related study material.

*** Specialties ***
- Spanish
- Language Arts
- Piano
- Drums

Danika H. Saint Louis, MO

Subjects Taught

Classical Piano, Ear Training, Fiddle, Mandolin, Music Performance, Piano, Violin

About Me


My name is Danika H. I am a classically trained violinist, pianist, and commercially trained fiddler. I LOVE teaching anyone and everyone provided you want to have fun. I have been teaching since 2005 and have maintained a studio of up to twenty-six students.

As for my own playing, I have studied violin, fiddle and piano since early childhood and received a classical violin performance degree from Belmont University. I have performed with Hendersonville Symphony and Greensville Symphony as well as working as a "personal orchestra" for artists such as Lecrae, Andy Mineo, Derek Minor and many more.

My teaching method for classical violin is Suzuki and for piano and fiddle it will vary. I am a firm believer in adapting to each students private needs. Every person is different in personality and skill and so I believe that there is no one way of teaching. Each student I evaluate carefully to be sure we are the correct fit and then spend every lesson working with you to be sure we are keeping your lessons fun and challenging. Music is a beautiful gift and blessing that we get to experience and enjoy.

So if you are a new student and aching to make music, welcome. And if you are an experienced player who needs a new perspective on music, I welcome you too! It is never too early to begin learning an instrument and never too late to try!

Jesse S. Edwardsville, IL

Subjects Taught

Accompaniment, Audition Prep, Bongo, Conga Drums, Drum, Ear Training, Marimba, Music Performance, Music Theory, Percussion, Piano, Synthesizer, Xylophone

About Me

Hi, I'm Jesse! I have played many instruments throughout my life, starting from a very early age, but I chose percussion as my primary instrument to focus on in 5th grade. I studied music education at Eastern Illinois University, learning the basics to many more instruments and studying percussion all the while. To this point in my life, I have studied percussion for over 12 years! That's over half my life!

Piano was the very first instrument I took lessons on, which has stuck with me over the years; I now play keyboard in a band. For this endeavor I also work with Ableton Live 9 and NI Massive.

I will travel up to 30 miles for lessons, but this site won't let me enter more than 10 miles, so don't hesitate to contact me if you're more than 10 miles away!

I offer lessons in several areas of music, but in most cases you will need your own instrument to practice on, which we will most likely use for your lessons as well. In the case of mallet percussion, if you are currently a student, we should coordinate lesson times so that we could use your school's instruments unless you have your own instrument. In any case, contact me to make arrangements regarding instrument availability.

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