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Levels: Beginner to Advanced
Ages: 5 & up
In-Home Lessons: Yes
In-Studio Lessons: Yes
Online Lessons: No
Subjects Taught In Person
Piano, Flute, Music Theory
University of Tampa - Piano Performance - 2008- 2011
I work with the students to find how they learn best whether it is visually or more hands on. I specialize in classical music for both flute and the piano. I use the Faber and Faber piano adventures method for young pianists, and the Bastian all in one adult book for the piano. For flute I use the Rubank method.
A student should love to play their instrument no matter what genre they play. I cater the lessons to the student. We can work on whatever the student wants while gaining a strong foundation.
There is something to be learned from any piece of music out there whether it is L.V. Beethoven or Taylor Swift, Claude Bolling or Stephen Sondheim. I believe that if you have a strong foundation of theory, technique and musicality you can play any type of music you want. As long as the student is
willing to work with me, I believe we can have a great time.
Friedrich Nietzsche said, “Without music life would be a mistake”. I love music! Music can be so much fun. I come from a musical family and it plays a major role in my life. From a young age I was drawn to the piano. I attended magnet schools for piano for middle and high school in Miami, FL. I am a recent graduate with my Bachelors of Music Performance from The University of Tampa. My emphasis is on piano, and flute is my secondary instrument.
I have had many opportunities to
perform and compete on both flute and piano throughout the United States and Italy. I have performed solo and ensemble concerts on flute as a member of the Miami Flute Ensemble, and principal flute in the Univeristy of Tampa Wind Ensemble. I have been a member of multiple ensembles on piano from chamber music, duo piano partnerships, and playing the harpsichord in a Baroque ensemble.
Anyone can learn music, no matter how young, or old a student is, if one wants to learn an instrument they should. I started teaching when I was sixteen to figure out if I wanted to be a music teacher. From the first lesson I taught, I knew that I found what I wanted to do for the rest of my life.
In-Home: Since I travel to your home it is crucial you have an instrument to use by the second lesson, I can not supply instruments for you. However, I can point you in the right direction for what instrument you should buy. At the first lesson I will tell you which books to buy and where you can get them.
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Rated 5 out of 5 by FrankS enlightened
very patient and attentive to my needs as an older student. conscious of my skill level and extremely helpful in and out of lessons. a very positive experience.
April 13, 2012
Excited about jumping into music lessons? Before you can get to the
guitar tabs, violin concertos, and vocal riffs, take a moment to think
about the logistics of your lessons.
There are a few things to consider when choosing between 30-, 45- or
60-minute lessons. First and foremost, take your age and experience
level into account. You'll also want to think about your long- and
short-term goals, and the time you'll need to reach them. Most
importantly, consider how long you or your child is able to stay
Teachers have the option to display availability for in-home,
in-studio, and online music lessons. In-home lessons take place at
your house, in-studio lessons are conducted at the teacher's home or
professional studio, and online lessons are taught over the internet
via live video chat.
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Scheduling your lessons is simple and quick! The prompts will guide you
through each step, from securing your lesson time to selecting the
payment plan that works best for you.
After you've selected your teacher, click on the Availability tab to
see which time slots and days are open.
Click the "Book Online" button to get started. Enter in your contact
information, and the prompts will guide you through payments, program
options, and confirming your schedule. Learn more about our booking policies.
Payment and Billing
We make paying for your lessons convenient and hassle-free! Prices
vary based on several factors, including the city you live in, the
length of your lessons, and whether you're taking them at home, in
your teacher's studio, or online. Lessons are paid for in advance,
which locks in your time slot.
Signing Your Customer Agreement
Signing your Customer Agreement and completing your Student
Questionnaire is the last step! The questionnaire will give your
instructor valuable information about your goals and experience level,
and give him or her time to create a customized lesson plan right
from the start.
Start Your Lessons
Now the excitement can really begin! Consider the following to ensure an
exceptional first lesson...
Prepare for Your First Lesson
Once you've completed the last step, your teacher will call you within
the next couple of days to confirm your first lesson time and provide
you with directions to their studio, if needed. We also encourage you
to discuss your goals and any other questions you may have.
What To Expect
Every teacher is different, but most first lessons begin with an
assessment of where you are in your studies. At a beginner level, you
might review the basics of your instrument, such as the different
parts, how to hold it correctly, and proper care and maintenance. For
voice, this may be the time you learn about breathing and posture.
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Every TakeLessons student is unique, and so is your lesson plan!
You'll work with your instructor to develop a plan suited to meet your
specific goals. Most TakeLessons instructors will also keep track of
your progress with a lesson journal.
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The billing management tools in your online account help you keep track
of your upcoming payments. And with several lesson programs available,
you can select the one that fits your individual needs.
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If you're not completely satisfied with your first lesson, we'll
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In order to reserve your time slot, we require payment at the time of
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How does billing work?
Lessons are paid for in advance, which reserves your time slot and the
teacher that you want. Your specific billing date will depend on the
lesson program you select.
What forms of payment do you accept?
At this time, we accept payments via Visa, Mastercard, Discover, and
American Express. You also have the option to pay with a debit card.
We do not accept payment via cash, check, or money order.
Do you offer a free trial lesson?
We don't offer a free trial lesson; however, we're so confident that
you'll love your lessons that we offer new customers a 100% Money Back
Guarantee. If you take your first lesson and decide that you don't
want to continue, we'll refund the amount you paid INCLUDING the
lesson you've already taken. To request the Money Back Guarantee,
simply notify us within 72 hours of your first lesson.
Do you offer any discounts?
At this time, we don't offer any discounts. However, if you are
booking two students for consecutive in-home lessons, you'll only be
charged one travel fee, instead of one fee per lesson.