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Popular Piano Teachers Near The Colony

Lucas A.

Lewisville, TX
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Joel M.

Arlington, TX
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Danaila H.

Aledo, TX
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Lucas A. Lewisville, TX

Subjects Taught

Drum, Percussion, Piano

About Me

Hi, my name is Lucas and I am a private lesson teacher in the DFW area. I have been teaching private lessons for the past 6 years. Prior to to that I attended the University of North Texas and received a BM in Music Performance. I teach drums, percussion, piano and music theory. I also am a professional gigging drummer in DFW. I have taught students of all ages and levels starting from 4 years old to adults. If you are looking to start out on an instrument for the first time, I am the teacher you want since I specialize in training beginners with no musical training whatsoever. My lessons are fun and stress free yet challenging enough to notice progress, and I tailor my lessons to the individual focusing on specific learning styles.

*** Lesson Details ***
I have a laid back and fun approach to teaching that has proven to be successful over the years. My drum students start out with basic exercises and patterns that they can do on a practice pad or even on the carpet floor. I then teach them how to read rhythms. If they have a drumset, I would then start them out with some simple rock beats utilizing the rhythms they just learned and emphasizing counting. As the student progresses and is able to play multiple beats and patterns, I then start teaching them how to play along to some simple songs. Playing along to music is the most fun part of the lessons and the most applicable to real life situations. I'm always keeping up with the current pop hits on the radio and like to have the students play along to songs that they know and like. This is a great, fun way to learn and is also challenging as far as keeping the tempo and lining up with the music. I have used this method for years on myself and students and it is a proven method. The book that I like to start out with is The Drumset Musician by Rod Morgenstein. If they are able to master this book, I then move on to more advanced independence books like Future Sounds by David Garibaldi and The New Breed by Gary Chester.

With my piano students I start them out with Piano Adventures Primer Level for children or Piano Adventures for the Adult Beginner if they are an adult. I go through page by page in the book teaching them fundamentals starting with finger coordination then going on to reading music on the staff. This is a good series of books that has multiple levels and is helpful for tracking the progress of the student. My goal in the piano lessons is teaching students how to read music which can be very challenging. I test the students musical memory week by week making sure they know which notes they are playing as well as playing the correct rhythms. I also have them sing the note that they are playing as this is proven to help learn the notes more efficiently.

*** Travel Equipment ***
The student is expected to provide a piano or keyboard for piano lessons or practice pad and/or drum kit. I expect my student to have sticks.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in rock, country and pop.

Joel M. Arlington, TX

Subjects Taught

Bass Guitar, Drum, Music Recording, Music Theory, Organ, Piano, Singing, Songwriting

About Me

I started playing recognizable melodies on the piano at 18 months old. At that time I was told that I even had perfect pitch. By age 5, my mother started giving me classical, gospel, and improvisational lessons. I was one of her 50 students until my senior year in high school. Through elementary, junior high, and high school, I received a lot of performance experience from school marching/concert bands, choirs, church choirs, piano concerts, band/choral conducting, and composing.

I received my BBA in Finance from the University of Texas at Arlington; through college and to the present, I have received over 25 years of performing/directing experience from overseeing two mega-church music ministries. At these ministries, I served as the department head, responsible for lead piano, directing, arranging, worship leading, and departmental oversight.

I have produced 7 personal instrumental projects, and I have produced and recorded over 40 projects for other local, regional, and international artists. I currently travel with national, jazz, recording saxophonist, Joseph Vincelli, and my personal band Zamar. We have performed with a number of acts from Kirk Franklin, Kirk Whalum, Boney James, Fred Hammond, and many more.

As an instructor, I have been blessed with an ability to be relatable, relevant, musical, creative, fun, and engaging. I understand the language of music as a performer, and instructor, but most importantly, I value the ability to help the student find their own path of learning the joy of making music vocally and instrumentally. With over 10 years of private teaching experience and 25 years of group experience, I have gained a wealth of knowledge on how to be instructive and personal with the young or older beginner, intermediate and even advanced players. Let's grow together musically.

*** Lesson Details ***
My teaching style is very laid back, although goal-oriented. We have fun while seeing progress. For piano, I typically use the Alfred Series "Alfred Basics 1 - 6" or the Adult All-in-One for the Older Beginner. In the first 3 - 6 months, one will become familiar with basis technics and concepts behind creating music. These concepts will be the foundation behind learning how to read music, play by ear, and create your own songs in any style.

We would move a little faster for the older beginner and work through the Alfred's All in One in conjunction with introducing my 5 steps to performance for any popular style. These steps have been very valuable for those that are wanting to play piano, guitar, bass, or even sing.

For vocalist, I work through Estelle Liebling, Vocal Course, Alfred Piano (as an instrumental reference) and a number of practical performance techniques that I have gained over the years to sing in more of a pop, jazz, gospel setting. We will work on performance techniques and develop the ear to gain confidence to perform in various popular settings. I will also introduce creative ways to make up original music using basic theory and ear training.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Acoustic Piano, Yamaha Motif, Roland Fantom, Protools 9, Midi Keyboards, Ibanez 5 String Bass, Acoustic and Electric Guitar, and Tama Drum Kit.

*** Specialties ***

marked as a Student Favorite have taught a minimum of 25 lessons and
have received the highest feedback rating from students.

I specialize in gospel, R&B, Neo Soul, Blues, jazz improvisation, arranging, lead sheets, rhythm charts, and music arrangement theory

Danaila H. Aledo, TX

Subjects Taught

Music Theory, Opera Voice, Piano, Singing

About Me

With 35 years of music-related experience, Danaila is in her 15th year of working as a professional musician and teacher. She has experience teaching from 5-year-old to 55-year-old students, from the beginners to advanced students. Some of her advances students are winners of national competitions and now having a successful career as singers in Europe and America.

Born in Bulgaria, Danaila began her formal music studies at the age of 5 with piano and theory lessons. She won her first prize performing piano when she was 10 years old. Her passion for singing took her to participate actively at children’s and youth choirs. As a soloist singer for a National Choir she traveled all around Europe, performing in France, Holland, Germany, Hungary, Greece inter alia. Danaila earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education and Master’s Degree in Voice Pedagogy in Bulgaria, both with honors, and received a special mention as outstanding student. She moved to South America where for over 10 years she was a full time College Professor teaching Voice, Piano, Voice Technique and Coaching, Music Theory, Ear Training and Choir Conducting. Danaila has been invited to be part of an international jury for Voice and Opera competitions. She has participated in numerous musical events as a pianist, singer, lector, clinician and conductor.

Danaila holds a Master’s Degree in Music from Texas Christian University. She awarded assistantship and worked as an Assistant Conductor at TCU Symphony Orchestra and Voice Coach at TCU Opera Studio. She has been nominated and initiated into the nationally recognized music honor society Pi Kappa Lambda. As a conductor she has been performing Operas, Choral-Orchestral, Symphonic, Chamber and A Capella repertoire in America and Europe.

*** Lesson Details ***
I am a loving, very patient, passionate and enthusiastic teacher. I like to motivate, encourage and enjoy the fun making music together.
All lessons are absolutely personalized and based on the student’s age, level and capacity. They are structured and focused for improving skills and achieving student's individual goals.
Students will learn how to prepare and use the body to its utmost capability as a complete instrument and resonator system; how to take and manage the proper breath for a maximum efficiency; how to use the appropriate position to guarantee a healthy sound production and singing technique that will protect and improve the individual voice and last for a lifetime.
Another part of the lesson is focused on selected repertoire: how to approach, understand and perform a specific vocal piece. If you are an advanced student you will be also taught diction in Italian, German, Spanish, Latin and Russian (depends of your needs).
I highly recommend to students to record themselves during the lesson because audio recordings and video recordings are great ways for apprentices to learn by observing their mistakes and strengths.

The piano lessons are focused in building and improving the right technique using special exercises and proper repertoire. I am familiar with many of the Piano Teaching Methods and will recommend the best for you according to your age, level and goals. Learning and playing pieces from different periods and composers is important to develop artistic sensitivity as a performer.
I specialize in classical training and I believe that a strong background in classical music is important for any musician, regardless of their musical preferences.

*** Studio Equipment ***
living room, upright acoustic piano Yamaha, also yamaha digital 88 keys, comfortable, place for parents

studio--- piano, chair, mirror in small practice room, no parents

*** Travel Equipment ***
Electronic piano

*** Specialties ***
marked as a Student Favorite have taught a minimum of 25 lessons and
have received the highest feedback rating from students.

Preferably Classical Music, Opera, Operetta (Music Theatre) and Broadway.
I use different methods depending of students age, goals, and intensity of work.

Ryan B.

Allen, TX
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Kasey M.

Richardson, TX
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Damien G.

Lewisville, TX
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Ryan B. Allen, TX

Subjects Taught

Bass Guitar, Classical Guitar, Drum, Guitar, Music Recording, Percussion, Piano

About Me

Hey There! My name is Ryan B. I play and teach guitar, bass and drums, and piano and would love to teach you or help you improve your abilities! I have been playing all four instruments for 20 years, and I have a personal, laid-back style that helps connect with each student.

I have been with TakeLessons for over a year now, and am truly blessed to have worked with so many great students.I will teach you what YOU want to play, regardless of style or genre you like in music. I design my lessons around YOU, and what YOU want to learn!

For guitar, bass and drums, I can teach the basic beginner to the advanced. I teach electric and acoustic guitar, electric bass and acoustic and electric drums

For piano, I teach beginner levels only.

*** Lesson Details ***
Students can expect my lessons to focus on your goals. I cover a lot of fundamentals and basics to start, and then go through more advanced techniques as the student progress. In a short period of time, you will know chords, notes, techniques, rhythm and timings, just to name a few!

Guitar students will learn basic chords, barre chords and soloing techniques. Bass students will learn bass notes, bass lines and soloing.

Drum students will learn timing, fills, soloing and lead drumming.

Piano students will learn how to read music, fingering, chords and song performance.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Equipment available:
6-string acoustic guitar
12-string acoustic guitar
electric guitar
2 amplifiers

*** Travel Equipment ***
acoustic guitar, bass guitar

*** Specialties ***
I use tab and chord chart methods, as well as sheet music.I have experience in all styles of music

Kasey M. Richardson, TX

Subjects Taught

Music Theory, Piano

About Me

Kasey is a patient, fun, imaginative, and well-trained musician who loves passing on the gift of music to anyone wanting to learn!

Becoming a musician is not reserved only for the naturally gifted, but for those who are ready and willing to dedicate themselves to learning. I have been teaching for 4 years and have had experience teaching a wide variety of students. One of my favorite things is getting to know each student. I discover their learning style and adapt my teaching accordingly. I have found that each student progresses at their own pace, so I don't hold the same expectations for all students. I discover their strengths and their weakness, and I shape my approach from there. I love seeing those 'lightbulb' moments when various aspects of music come to light in a student.

I also love to see parents that delight in their child's musical learning. The more a child sees their parent's commitment to his or her musical growth and celebrates that growth, the more a child will value this gift.

Kasey's philosophy of teaching is...

1. Growing as person comes first, music second. Taking on any new task requires time and discipline, and part of learning sometimes means failing. However, mistakes are allowed and expected! Mistakes provide opportunity to grow as a whole person because it's a part of life, and often, the biggest challenges reap the greatest rewards.

2. The student and teacher are a team! The teacher and student will work together to learn together. As the student is learning new skills and techniques, the teacher is learning all about the student and their specialized needs.

3. Music is truly a gift from God. Very few other day to day experiences can move and touch people the way music does. It is truly an extraordinary artform, and going from being a listener to the performer opens up a unique and beautiful personal expression and experience.

Kasey's Education:

Kasey is a graduate from Angelo State University in San Angelo, TX with a Bachelors in Music Education. Her major instrument was voice and minor instrument was piano.

She also received her teaching certificate, certifying her to teach music for grades Early Childhood-12th.

Kasey's Experience:

Kasey's experience in music began at the young age of 5. Her mother ran her own private piano studio from which Kasey began her musical studies and continued through the age of 16. She performed in a number of recitals and contests throughout her childhood. She won many awards for her musical performance, including 1st place in the Midland Contest in 1993. Kasey also scored highly on the yearly State Theory Test from the age of 7 to 16.

Kasey competed in numerous competitions throughout high school for vocal performance earning chairs in the All-Area Choir. In college, Kasey privately studied voice and piano and demonstrated her skills in numerous recitals involving group and solo performances. She maintained a 3.98 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) throughout her college career.

Kasey had an active imagination and creative spirit from a very young age. She began composing short piano compositions at the young age of 8. Her composing abilities really took off when she began her singing/songwriting career at 19. Throughout her college years she played piano and sang in numerous praise and worship bands. She also performed her original songs at coffee shops and churches. She opened for a number of local performers in the area as well. After completing her 1st CD, she was able to use the money from sales to help her travel to Washington State to do mission work for a summer.

Before graduating from college, Kasey student taught music at Alta Loma Elementary School and Lee Middle School. She taught general music and choir, working one on one with numerous middle school students preparing for all-city tryouts.

"Many talented musicians want to teach others their skills, but unfortunately do not have the knack for acutally teaching. Of all the student teachers I have had work under me, Kasey is definitely one of the top three! She gets it. She can teach!" Patti Wetzel: Choral Director for Lee Middle School in San Angelo.

Now, Kasey resides in Richardson, TX, along with her husband and two cats. She has been teaching private piano lessons out of her home since the Summer of 2009.

*** Lesson Details ***
Within a lesson, students can expect to be given instruction on developing proper technique and form to act as the foundation for the rest of their learning (scales, chords, arpeggios, basic music theory, etc). The learning environment will involve the student and teacher setting goals together, and reasonable expectations will be held for both the student and teacher.

Weekly practice (5 days a week, timeframe depends on age and stage of student) will be encouraged. For a child to become proficient at reading and writing, they typically practice this skill 5 days a week at school and often times on the weekends as parents and their children read together, etc. Reading music is learning to read a language of it's own and teaching the fingers to move and coordinate for playing on the piano takes regular practice to refine and strengthen those fine motor skills. This is why 5 days of practice is strongly encouraged.

Students will have the opportunity to learn to play music by composers such as Mozart and Bach. They can also learn how to play movie soundtracks, tunes from their favorite broadway or Disney songs, and more! Students will typically work consistently from a Lesson Book that introduces musical elements step by step along with a corresponding Theory Book. Extra songs will be provided from the Mahan Music Library for seasonal songs, recital songs, and more.

Those interested in learning how to play in a band, or develop accompaniments for songs they have written will learn how to read chord sheets, and how to write their owns accompaniments.

Lesson Materials: 1 to 1 and 1/2 inch 3 ring binder and pencil.

Also, EVERY student should be prepared to invest some expense into purchasing music books/materials. This usually amounts to no more than $25 per year. Purchases vary depending on student need.

Metronome - this is not typically needed for young beginners, but eventually every piano student will need to purchase a metronome.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I teach out of my home. I have a beautiful pecan wood upright piano with a great sound and a great touch! We have a sliding glass door that opens up to a back porch. Families can park literally right in front of my apartment and enter through my back porch. My piano and teaching studio are right inside!

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in teaching classical piano and vocal lessons. I am also qualified to teach music theory for levels from beginner to intermediate. In addition, I teach piano for improvisational praise and worship styles, or for singing/songwriting.

I am currently not offering voice lessons. Piano lessons only.

Damien G. Lewisville, TX

Subjects Taught

Clarinet, Piano, Saxophone, Violin

About Me

Damien G. received his Bachelor’s degree in Clarinet Performance from Loyola University New Orleans, his Master’s Degree from the University of North Texas, and is currently working on his DMA at the University of North Texas. As an undergrad at Loyola University, Damien toured as a clarinet soloist with the Loyola Chamber Orchestra in Yugoslavia, Hungary, and Vienna. He has been a member of the UNT Wind Symphony , under Eugene Corporan, and the UNT Orchestra, led by Anshel Brusilow. More recently, he has performed at two UNT concerto concerts as a soloist with the UNT chamber orchestra. Damien also has performed with the Contemporary Theater of Dallas along with other freelance activities in the DFW area. His teachers include: Mr. A. Crisanti,Dr. James Gillespie, Dr. John Scott, Steve Cohen, Daryl Coad, and John Reeks.

*** Lesson Details ***
I am mostly laid back, however, I do demand excellence and great tonal projection. For clarinet, I really like Klose's method, however, I use a lot of Rose Etudes, Voxman, etc. For violin, my curriculum would include the Suzuki and Flesch methods.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I expect students to have a stand and a metronome/tuner

*** Specialties ***
I teach mainly in the classical genre....for Violin I like the Suzuki method, though I can teach through any method. I am aware of the freedom of jazz improvisation as well.

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