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My name is Tracy. I am so excited for the chance to be working with you. Here is a little background on my musical training and experience.
I started taking piano lessons at the age of 12 from Karen Hudson, (a highly respected piano teacher in San Antonio), using the Suzuki Piano Method (an advanced Japanese curriculum). Although I started a little later than the average student, I discovered right away that I had a great love and passion for the instrument.
I joined my church praise and worship team when I was 15 and have been playing on praise and worship teams ever since. I have worked with beginners all the way to professional musicians and band leaders and have attended several music conferences (including Hillsong Conference in Sydney, Australia.)
My senior year of high school I studied under renowned Russian Concert Pianist Anya Grockovski at the San Antonio School for Inquiry and Creativity. From there I studied with Elizabeth Gutierrez as a music student at University of Texas at San Antonio, and then received my bachelors of arts in Music Marketing. Throughout High School and College I performed in numerous recitals and local competitions.
While attending UTSA, I was the band leader for the UTSA Campus Crusade for Christ Praise and Worship team for 2 years.
During my music studies at UTSA, I was trained in classical music performance, history, theory and Jazz performance.
I have been teaching since the age of 15. I love teaching piano and music theory to students of all ages! I have taught private lessons and group lessons with students ranging from 3 to senior citizens. I have also been a certified Music Together teacher since 2011 (a music program for kids aged birth-5), and teach with the Treehouse Music Together center.
*** Lesson Details ***
Classical music and Music Theory are the main part of the curriculum I use to teach. I use different types of curriculum including the Music Tree, Alfred Methods, etc... based on students skill level and preferences.I do teach the Suzuki Method to older children and/or adults if it is a good match for the student.
I like to give students a well rounded repertoire so upon request, I teach contemporary music as well, this usually includes Disney, Pop, Christmas, Praise and Worship songs and anything else students want to learn.
I try to make sure my students are enjoying what they are learning and having fun while expanding their musical knowledge and becoming a more proficient musician.
*** Studio Equipment ***
There is an electric piano set up in a designated music room with a sitting area for parents
*** Specialties ***
I was instructed in the Suzuki Piano Method until I graduated high school. I used Suzuki exclusively for the first several years. Since 2002 I have also added Alfred's, Faber & Faber and other curriculum to match each students individual needs.
Today is your day to start those piano lessons! Right?
Please contact me for additional availability. I have more options than are shown here.
Whether I am teaching a piano lesson, directing a play or training for a triathlon, you will find that I am always full of enthusiasm and positive life energy.
I look forward to helping you meet your performing arts goals. There is nothing more beneficial to your well-being and contentment than participating in the arts!
When I was a little girl, I begged my parents for piano lessons.... and then flute lessons... and then saxophone lessons, and then oboe lessons... and then voice lessons.... and the list goes on and on! They couldn't keep me away from music and theatre.
I studied music and theatre in college as well as having earned a Master's degree in Health and Wellness Education. Music, theatre and the performing arts have been my passion since I was a child. I am lucky enough to enjoy doing what I love for my career.
I am an award- winning educator. I spent ten years a public school teacher and was proud to be nominated several times for TEACHER OF THE YEAR and also was honored two times as a statewide regional finalist for the prestigious HEB Excellence in Education Award.
Your goals are just one click away!
Music and theatre? Poetry reading? Public speaking? Need help writing a story? Editing? Life direction and coaching? Parenting and discipline? Healthy weight loss?
I am here to help you find your path!
Come join me in the world of the arts. Your health and wellness depend on it! Today is the day to start fulfilling your dream! All ages welcome and encouraged. Little ones and "grown-ups" too... It's never too late!
*** Lesson Details ***
Most of all: Lessons will be fun and enjoyable.
I will encourage you, without pressure, to grow in music and to meet your personal goals.
Lessons are paced at YOUR speed to meet your needs in your own comfort zone.
However, don't be fooled....I will challenge you to push yourself beyond what you ever dreamed possible!
Let's get started :)
...I may have lesson availability beyond what is shown here on the website. Please don't hesitate to contact the Take Lessons office with your request. I will do my best to fit you in to my schedule.
*** Studio Equipment ***
Piano, flute, piccolo, drum pad, xylophone, auto harp, trombone, trumpet, french horn, and various other instruments I have collected over the years! In addition, I have a huge library of plays, musicals, librettos, and sheet music. Collecting all things music and theatre is a bit of a hobby of mine...
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*** Specialties ***
Flute players new & old... (Be confident for that upcoming chair test)
Flute audition prep: Get ready for the big day with advanced lessons.
First time piano players of all ages! (C'mon "grownups"- you've always wanted to try this!)
Musical theatre, acting coaching, audition prep, monologue selection, Voice Lessons & Singing, Music Theory, Song writing, essay writing, & creative writing
Hello and thank you for viewing my profile. My name is Felipe Garcia and I am a self-taught, multi-instrumentalist. I began teaching music in 2010 and have loved it ever since. I believe learning to play music can be fun and easy and I work hard to make sure your experience with music is one that will inspire you to play for the rest of your life, for as Friedrich Nietzsche said, “without music, life would be a mistake.”
My experience with music began long ago when I begged my parents to buy me a drumset and they finally gave in and bought me one when I was 14. Prior to that, I had no real experience with music except as a listener. I taught myself how to play by playing along with CDs of my favorite bands and eventually I felt like the drums wasn’t enough, so I talked my parents into buying me a guitar. Just like with the drums, I taught myself to play the guitar by playing along with my favorite songs and favorite bands. Eventually I began performing in various bands, began writing my own songs, learned to play a variety of instruments, and developed enough confidence in my musical abilities to pursue a degree in music. Soon I would earn a bachelor’s degree in music theory from the University of North Texas and a master’s in music theory from Texas State University. Since then, I’ve been teaching music and performing in various San Antonio-area bands.
My teaching style is laid-back, yet I can be intense for students who really want to master the art of music. I understand that all students are different. There are many ways to learn music and I work hard to create lessons that fit the student’s individual style. I don’t shout instructions at students and expect them to do what I want; instead I try to create a positive environment where the students feel comfortable to express themselves however they feel.
Since I taught myself to play, I’ve always felt like an outsider in the music world. I always thought that since I taught myself, those who took lessons were better than me, and since I was never a band person in high school or college, I always felt intimidated by those who were. However recently I’ve learned that the best musicians are not the ones who have been playing the longest, but are the ones who love to do it, and as my student, it is my promise to you that you will love it too!
"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."