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R. ROBIN G.

Cuyahoga Falls, OH

About R. ROBIN

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in teaching what the student has a desire to learn and great technique combined with a lot of music theory.
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Lori L. February 18, 2015
Singing · In home
Verified Student
Ms. Robin comes highly recommended by my daughter and I. She made the lessons "fun" for an 9 year old! She also let my daughter select her own songs which I thought was a plus ... students are much more engaged if they are singing something they like to sing. Ms. Robin is an enthusiastic teacher and motivates her students to do their best. She also uses vocalization exercises to encourage a better "range" before singing an actual song. My daughter always looked forward to going to Ms. Robin's lesson and I stayed for each lesson and was quite pleased with my daughter's progress.
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Michael B. October 28, 2014
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Robin has been an excellent fit for my daughter(age 15). She has been very flexible with my daughter's rehearsal schedule and seems genuinely interested in helping her improve and achieve her goals. My daughter feels comfortable working with Robin and looks forward to her lessons. She is excited about continuing lessons and improving her vocal techniques and skill level.
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Judy I. May 1, 2014
Piano
Verified Student
excellent teacher

Maybe a bit premature after only one lesson, but after speaking with Robin at length over the phone, and being present during my son's first lesson, I must say I'm very impressed with her as my son's instructor. She has a vast portfolio of experience in a wide range of music, highly educated, extremely knowledgeable, and good at instruction. I'm especially excited that she incorporates music theory into the lessons. Highly recommended!
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R. ROBIN G.

Cuyahoga Falls, OH 44221
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starting at
$25 / 30-min
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George F. H.

Cleveland, OH

*** Lesson Details ***
My teaching method is very practical and customized to every individual. I do not believe that you can use the same style with every student because everyone learns differently.

Although I teach music theory alone, it is usually related to a given instrument (piano, voice, guitar, etc) that the student is interested in exploring. Whatever the case, I gather where the student is at currently and go from there, starting from total beginner to advanced chord and extended scale study. Sometimes a guitar player, for example, will want something very specific, such as composing a melodic guitar solo over a given chord progression. A vocalist may want to learn how to harmonize with themselves in key. I strongly emphasize teaching theory, and then applying.

I tend to cut a lot of the 'fat' out of the typical theory study and go right to what the student will need for their given goal.

Some theory topics:
Keys, and key building
Scales
Modes
Transposing

About George F.

I've been playing and singing music professionally for about 20 years. As a family man and father of two, I also I earn my living and support my family with music. I have a very student-driven teaching style, work with students of all ages, with focus on helping the student achieve his or her individual goals, small or large. I try to keep the lessons fun but focused at the same time.

I bring a balanced and personalized teaching style to my lessons, based on a well rounded education and wide range of real-world life experience. I have a B.A. in Liberal Arts and have performance experien
ce on many different fronts, from local rock cover bands to Top 40, from acoustic soloist to fronting a nationally touring Metallica tribute.

I come from a musical family - my father is also a pro musician. The biggest thing I've learned as a teacher of guitar, bass and voice is teaching the instrument has only made me a bigger student. The learning process never ends and that is one of the great things about music.

No matter where you are with the instrument - a beginner picking it up for the first time, or a seasoned pro of 10 years that just needs help "putting it together," I believe I can help you to get wherever you want to go.

Regarding availability - make sure to inquire if you don't see a time open that suits you - I am flexible. I perform 4-6 times a week and teach full time. Flex lessons tend to work very well.
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Jj M. June 20, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
George is a very nice instructor and goes to the speed that works best for you. He is very well educated when it comes not just to singing, but to music in general. He always works around schedules to fit what works best for you. I would completely recommend him!
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Molly Vanek V. June 2, 2015
Ukulele · In studio
Verified Student
I had five lessons with George and really feel like I know the basics of the Ukulele. He went at my own pace and had tremendous patience. I would highly recommend George for anybody who would like to learn an instrument or increase their ability.
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Sidd A. March 26, 2015
Classical Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Very knowledgable, easy to establish rapport, and great teacher with great resources.
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George F. H.

Cleveland, OH 44129
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$20 / 30-min
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Philip L.

Stow, OH

About Philip

Guitarist Philip L. was born and raised in Jacksonville, Florida where he began his musical studies at a young age. He was accepted to Douglas Anderson School of the Arts, named by the Grammy Foundation as the top performing arts high school in the nation. After high school, Philip received a scholarship to attend Stetson University, under the direction of Dr. Stephen Robinson. While there, he was able to refine his skills and learn a great deal about the interpretation of music on the guitar.
After receiving a Bachelor’s of Music, Philip became an instructor at University High School in Or
ange City, Florida. There he directed the guitar program, which he created from the ground up. Outside of teaching, Philip performed professionally (guitar and voice) around Central Florida in various groups and styles of music, including Rock, Pop, and Jazz. Since then, he has been awarded a full scholarship to the University of Akron as a Teaching Assistant, and is currently working towards his Master’s under the tutelage of Stephen Aron. Philip has performed many times for the School of Music, including their annual collaborative event, “Collage”. He has played a number of feature concerts and masterclasses with great guitarists of our time, such as David Russell, Andrew York, Dusan Bogdanovic, Roland Dyens, Michael Chapdelaine, and many other artists. Recent performances include the Investiture ceremony for the new president of The University of Akron.
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*** Lesson Details ***
The first step will be evaluating the student's musical and technical skill level, then I build a curriculum from that point. As an example, a beginning student would learn how to read music, play basic rhythms, use proper left and right hand technique, and the notes in the first position on individual strings. After I have evaluated the current level of the student and their musical interest, I will begin to move my curriculum around their various needs.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I will have a music stand for you to use at your lesson. I require the student to have their own instrument so that they may practice outside of their lesson.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Music Stand

*** Specialties ***
Classical - Pop - Jazz - Songwriting - Digital Arts - Recording - Music Production - Theory - General Music
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Jennifer C. May 17, 2015
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
He is a great instructor, with a lot of patient. His classes are very easy to understand. I would highly recommend him.
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Jackie D. May 14, 2013
Guitar
Verified Student
I recommend Phillip as a guitar teacher.

Besides being a very skilled guitarist, Phillip is very professional and reliable. He has a very laid back personality which really worked well for my shy 7-year-old daughter. He was patient and encouraging.
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Philip L.

Akron, OH 44325
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starting at
$25 / 30-min
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Graham H.

Akron, OH

I can teach basic music theory. This can be applied to composition, improvisation, and analysis of the music that the student is playing.

About Graham

I am a fourth-year Piano Performance major at The University of Akron. I am currently studying with Philip Thomson, and my past teachers include Laura Silverman, Douglas Hicks, and the late Eugene Mancini. I have experience teaching six-year-olds, retirees, and those in between. I am patient and encouraging.

I am available to teach in the student's home or online.

Piano studies overview:

You can play what you can hear. I see that student's have a well-rounded approach towards musicianship and playing. Lessons should include theory, ear training, etc. to ensure that students understand
what they are playing.

Beginning students might start with a method such as the well-known 'Piano Adventures' by Faber and Faber. More advanced students will work on progressively more demanding literature.

In a piano lesson, we will cover many different aspects of playing. The student and I will analyze a new piece of music in various ways while coming up with an idea of how it sounds. I will play the piece and make practice suggestions. The student will play prepared pieces, and I will make suggestions. I value spontaneity.

My adult students say I am insightful.
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Race J. May 20, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
It was wonderful!! I could not haves asked for it to go any better! Graham was awesome with my son who has aspergers. Can't wait for the next lesson! Thank you Graham!
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Graham H.

Akron, OH 44303
(1)
starting at
$20 / 30-min
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Barbara D.

Twinsburg, OH

Learning to read music is so essential to playing an instrument. While playing by ear is important, you cannot play most of the written works if you don't know how to decipher those dots on the staff. I will help you whether you are a beginner or are ready for college level theory.

About Barbara

Learning to play a musical instrument is a skill that has been proven to improve brain activity. It is one of the only activities to engage both sides of the brain. Students who learn a musical instrument show improvement in their ability to pay attention and understand what is being taught in their academic classes. Most students retain this advantage even if they do not continue to play into adulthood.

Music is fun! It also can express your feelings in ways words cannot. I don't just teach you how to play your instrument, I will teach you to have a love for your music, and from that,
you will find that it is a lot of fun! After all, you do "play" your instrument!

In addition to the violin, viola and theory lessons described below, I am also available to coach ensembles. Any combination of string instruments you are working with, I will work with your group to improve your cohesiveness and your musical style.
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John D. January 29, 2015
Violin · In studio
Verified Student
Very professional and easy to work with!
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Sara L. December 3, 2014
Violin · In studio
Verified Student
Barbara is an amazing teacher! My son looks forward to lessons with her and can't wait to tell his friends and family what he has learned each week. She knows what pace to work at and is very patient. Wonderful teacher !
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E C. July 4, 2014
Violin · In home
My son has been taking lessons for several years with Barb. His skills and technique improved dramatically when he began and have continue to improve over the years. He received the "most improved" award in orchestra after his first year of lessons. He performs challenging music well at annual recitals and in Akron Youth Philharmonic with Barb's guidance. Barb is encouraging during lessons, yet always points out specific things that need attention for the next week. I highly recommend her.
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Barbara D.

Barbara D.

Twinsburg, OH 44087
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starting at
$25 / 30-min

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