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I am a Music EC-12 Certified Educator with a degree from The University of St. Thomas, working as the General Music Teacher for Stafford Elementary School in Stafford Municipal School District. My teaching experience covers many schools and programs in the Houston area, including various HISD schools as well as working for the University of St. Thomas Music Preparatory school as vocal, ukulele,bass guitar, music history/theory, and piano instructor.
My background in music is mostly vocal, working in and with choirs and ensembles my entire life. I have also spread my abilities to work with Bass Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Piano, recorder flute, ukulele, and voice. I have teaching experience to work with instruments including Saxophone, Flute, Clarinet, Trumpet, and most of Concert Band instrumentation. I have many experiences with different genres such as American Folk Music, Jazz (Early to Fusion), and contemporary Rock/Pop, Christian, Rn'B, and Country music.
As an Music Educator, I have the strengths of being a distinguished musician and Professional educator which provides me with advanced knowledge in my field of study and interest, teaching for every age group from pre-school to Adult as well as influencing the fun, creativity, and expression of music no matter what the instrument.
I am also part of the online instructor team which is a great convenience for students who cannot easily travel, have limited schedules, or even allergies!
*** Lesson Details ***
The music lessons will consist of a concise and strong education of their instrument as well as essential theory and history. I develop individual lesson plans for each student and subject, working on formative goals and objectives to work towards for every lesson and throughout the year. I look forward to being able to help students accomplish and enjoy their instrument, utilizing their interests and genres with a variety of texts and literature at many levels, looking to always expand my own collection to meet the needs of the students. I am comfortable with providing digital and paper materials as well as providing recordings and video studying resources with YouTube. I know in my heart and mind that I have something to offer to any student at any level in my studio, and, I am equally as passionate about providing an honest atmosphere for evaluation and positive criticism. With every lesson I always encourage brief reflection over the practice, study, and instruction, responding to every critical juncture that comes along the way. Being a certified educator and music instructor, I know that respect, understanding, honesty, human emotion, communication, and professionalism are the most critical components of a healthy Teacher-Student relationship.
Over 1000 Lessons taught with Takelessons.com since 2010
*** Studio and Resources ***
I have the necessary tools to operate in and out of my studio. Within my workplace I always have my electric keyboard, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, bass guitar, ukulele, music library, printer/scanner, recording equipment, full sound system with mixer amp, guitar amp, microphone and stand, tuner, music stands, iPad stand, and comfortable space and seating. I also have expanded my studio capabilities that is an entirely digitized database and curriculum.
I expect for the students to provide their own instrument so that they are able to practice at home. I operate on MAC OS and IPad systems that maximize the technological uses of my in home studio.
Be prepared to learn more than you ever anticipated as I provide many resources. I also push for supplemental music instruction within the lessons, adding basic training and music learning skills needed for accompaniment instruments such as the acoustic guitar, ukulele, and piano which allow for students to have a stronger understanding of their music.
Composer Troy W. graduated from the New England Conservatory, earning his Bachelors, Masters (cum laude) and Graduate Diploma while studying with mentor Malcolm Peyton. After spending a year studying with Lukas Foss in Boston, Mr. W. moved to Houston in 2001 where he continued graduate studies at Rice University's Shepherd School of Music.
During his time as a teacher with the Michael P. Hammond Preparatory Program at Rice University's Shepherd School of Music, Troy taught classes in music fundamentals and music theory for pre-college students. He has also served on the faculty of the Summer Institute for Piano teaching courses in Form & Analysis for pre-college students.
Troy also has maintained a private studio, tutoring and teaching private lessons in composition, ear training, voice, piano, literature, and history for over ten years. Students who have studied with him come from a wide range of backgrounds with different goals. Those who have continued with musical studies in college have consistently placed out of at least the first two semesters of music theory and achieved advanced placement in their chosen fields of study. Those who chose a different path continue to benefit from the education and training they received from taking music lessons.
*** Lesson Details ***
There is no "standard formula" to lessons. Each student has their own unique background, needs, and goals. Lessons tend to be somewhat casual but are structured in such a way as to meet the unique requirements of the student.
To accomplish your goals, there are a few requirements and basic expectations that the student and parent must meet.
The first is practice. Students are expected to practice daily for at least the length of their lesson time. This, above all else, is essential to progress. It is also expected that a parent will attend lessons for students who are too young to drive themselves here. It's important for a parent to guide the student's practice time (particularly for younger students) to ensure that the most is gained from it. This is why I ask that a parent observe lessons.
Each student or parent should bring to each lesson a notebook, pencils (with erasers). The notebook will be used to record notes about each lesson, homework, practice advice, etc. Pencils (not pens...nobody's perfect!) are used by composers to record their creations and performers to mark their music. Both of these essential practices are subject to changing thought and must be open to change. So no ink, please!
Performers: It is not necessary to know how to read music at the first lesson for beginners. However, learning to read is required for subsequent lessons and will be a large focus for all non-readers. Lessons are not learned "by ear." A certain amount of theory will be a part of every lesson just as technique and repertoire. Concerning repertoire, it will be selected based on the student's learning needs but also with their input. The main emphasis on performance lessons, however, will be technique and reading. Students should come to the first lesson prepared to discuss their background & goals and the plan of their course of study.
Note: Voice students must be at least 16 years of age.
Composers: Just as with performers, it is not necessary to know how to read music at the first lesson. However, learning to read is required for subsequent lessons. Many young composers have great ideas but can only hear them in their heads or play them on an instrument. Lessons will allow you to obtain the skills to write them down with greater speed, accuracy, and clarity. More advance students will also include exploring a wider range of harmonic languages, advanced notation, instrumentation, orchestration, and aural skills. Students should come to the first lesson with examples of their work, either written, notated, or recorded in a digital format. They should be prepared to discuss their background & goals and the plan of their course of study.
IMPORTANT NOTE: the studio space is also inhabited by two lovely cats. Do consider this when signing up for lessons.
*** Studio Equipment ***
Living Room: Yamaha weighted 88 keys full sized keyboard, area for parents to sit and observe lessons.
*** Specialties ***
Main area is in classical music and media scoring with secondary focus on musical theatre vocal performance and composing/arranging.
*** Studio Equipment ***
The teacher's home studio lessons are taught in his home studio with a computer, bass, guitar, electric guitar, and acoustic guitar.
*** Travel Equipment ***
Spanish Guitar, electric guitar, Bass.
*** Specialties ***
Got own method non published yet, and some methods for reading, patterns and riffs.
Zane W. starting taking lessons from Guitar Institute of technology graduate, Charlie Lair at 12 years of age and studied with him for 6 years. Zane began serious classical voice lessons when he was 18 from Dr. Paul Busselburg, and is now currently taking speech level singing.
He has taken 8 music theory courses and 8 ear training courses. Also, he is a proficient song writer.
Zane has been teaching both singing and guitar lessons for 4 years.
***He recently lost touch with most of his previous students due to working with t.v. show "The Voice" but is passionate about sharing his gift with others now that he is back in Houston.
Hey there! My name is Lauren and I can't wait to meet you! I've been teaching private and group lessons since 2008, and get incredible fulfillment watching my students grow & succeed at any goal or stage of life. I love helping them discover who they are as an artist. I'm also a Church Music Director along with my husband here in Houston which allows us continue growing musically! We do double sessions for students who receive guitar lessons with him as well at the same location.
I'm a joyful, personable person and my teaching style is unique to your personal goals. I strive to capture the vision of what you want to create or sound like and work towards that! Most importantly, I care about you, and we have fun while you learn! There's more potential than most people even know they have. Whatever your desire, my passion is to help you... there really is no dream too big or small.
EXPERIENCE & AREAS OF SPECIALTY:
17 yrs experience w/ 6 yrs teaching
- tone, range, clarity, individual style, vocal care, projection, dynamics
- show preparation, auditions & contests, performances, nerves
- songwriting, creativity, uniqueness, melody, harmonizing
- concerts & shows, choir, bands... even secret shower singers!
- overall advancement, confidence etc.
- vocal injury or strain recovery
I have personally had the struggle of overcoming vocal nodules and know the fear of recovering your sound. It is more common than most realize and many of the artists you hear on the radio have been treated for injuries.
Hi, there! My name is Ryan and I can't wait to meet you! I've been teaching private lessons since 2003 and have loved helping my students get more confidence in their musical abilities, advance their song writing ability, and help them get an understanding of who they are as an artist. I attended to Bryant University in Smithfield, RI and earned a degree in International Business in 2003, but music has always been my first love. I'm a Worship Pastor at Houston Fellowship in Houston,TX. Meaning I play live and speak every week. I'm a joyful, outgoing person and my teaching style is individualized to your personal goals. I'll be nurturing and most importantly fun! I look forward to working with you!
"Steven is very professional and extremely helpful. He always has a smile on and is serious about helping you phrase the music. I would highly recommend him to anyone."
"It's been really exciting so far! Jordan has been so helpful, so knowledgeable. I could not have found a better instructor and I'm getting better and better every day."
"My daughter's wedding was weeks away and I had never been able to dance a step. With Jenny's help, I came further than ever before in such short time in any subject."