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Hannah S.

Stow, OH

I am capable of teaching Music Theory through the collegiate level.
I am also able to say, if you have a theory question and I do not know the answer right off the top of my head, I have the willingness and resources to find it for you.
You will also gain a good understanding for many aspects of Music Theory in addition to your lessons of study.

About Hannah

Hello!
My name is Hannah, and I would love to teach YOU! I am highly motivated, fun-loving, and exceptionally passionate about music-- even more so, having you develop a passion for it as well. I have performed all over the US and even Puerto Rico. With the many years I have studied my various instruments, and also performed with them, I am confident in the abilities I have now and those I continue to develop.
I have a desire for everyone to have some musical knowledge, and an even greater wish for individuals to shift their knowledge into a love for whatever they choose to do musically. I
can teach a variety of styles and enjoy the challenge of learning which ways to teach You best.
Overall, I would call myself a "music dork." I love performing, learning, and teaching; and I do hope you will learn to desire these things too.

*** Lesson Details ***
In a typical lesson, I will often begin with a warm-up. (This is NOT to say that you should not warm up before your lesson. I just like to get a few exercises started so we can be on the same page.) Whether you're taking voice, violin, or piano, you may feel the lessons start off slowly. But, we must learn to crawl before we can stand, and we then must learn to have our feet under us to be able to walk. I will move as fast as you desire to go, as fast as you are willing to work, and as quickly as the technique-development allows. Depending on which instrument you are taking lessons will look like the following:Violin-- I prefer the Suzuki method books for introductory violin. (I do not do the full Suzuki method that requires bowing and the emphasis on playing by ear rather than reading music.) You will need to be sized for a violin and bring it to the lessons. You will learn not only how to play, but proper posture, care of the instrument, and some theory. Theory/Piano background is awesome, but not required. After 3-6 months, I hope you will have learned the basics of posture, bowings, fingerings, and have a few (short) pieces under your belt.Voice-- All voices mature/change at different rates. This being said, I like the first lesson or 2 to be all about assessing what you have at that time. I do NOT push voices. I am very conscious of what is healthy/unhealthy to do with the voice. You will learn this, as well as become very aware of your voice and body and what it is telling you. Music used for lessons varies depending on voice type/age/etc. After 3-6 months, I hope to have you in good posture, beginning the long journey to proper breath support/use, and have a repertoire started. Ultimately, I want students to practice and remember you will get out of it what you put in to it. I will work as hard as I can to see you succeed, but the rest is up to you! Just practice, stick with it, and we will work through this together!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Private Performing Space, Includes:
Upright Piano, Full length mirror, Violin, Tuners, Music Library, stand, chairs available

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can bring along my own voice and violin, as well as teaching materials; however I need the student to provide a piano, violin/accessories, and their own music

*** Specialties ***
Violin- Suzuki Method
Voice-- Classical training (you can sing almost anything if you have a good foundation!)
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Shannah B. June 4, 2015
Singing · In home
Verified Student
Very good for 1st time
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Christy W. November 25, 2014
In studio
Verified Student
I originally found Hannah as a violin teacher for a friend of mine, and she worked very well for him, so when I decided to go back to piano, I sought her out.

I have been taking Piano with Hannah for about a year. She is a wonderful teacher, who is very encouraging as well as knowledgeable. She is able to intermix theory and practice together so that I leave each lesson with a deeper understanding of the instrument and the music itself. She has proven very flexible and willing to work around obstacles in my schedule and has never made me feel bad when I haven't prepared as well as I should have, yet she consistently motivates me to continue to stretch and I always look forward to my lessons with her, and leave the lessons excited and eager to practice.
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Trisha W. March 6, 2014
Verified Student
Fun, Relaxed Teacher

I have been have a great time taking singing lessons from Ms. Sinchok - she's a great motivator and really loves to teach and really loves her subject. Her excitement about music is infectious and makes the lessons a joy to attend.
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Hannah S.

Hannah S.

Stow, OH 44224
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$20 / 30-min
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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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Renee September 1, 2015
Singing · In home
My 18 year old son chose Robin and absolutely loves her. She is warm supportive kind and a great teacher. He loves her and chose to increase his lessons to twice a week. He studies music theory and voice and within a short time his voice dramatically improved. Highly recommend!!
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Tiffany B. August 4, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Very friendly, funny and always has good ideas in helping achieve singing goals.
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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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R. ROBIN G.

R. ROBIN G.

Cuyahoga Falls, OH 44221
(5)
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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Chelsea B. July 21, 2015
Singing · In home
Verified Student
He knows his stuff. Plain and simple. He's very busy but makes time for his students :) Very kind, patient, and understanding. I would recommend him to anyone who wants singing lessons! ^^
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Ron A. July 15, 2015
Music Performance · In home
Verified Student
George was knowledgeable and thorough. I believe he can help me improve my overall performance.
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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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George F. H.

George F. H.

Cleveland, OH 44134
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$20 / 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.

Graham H.

Akron, OH 44303
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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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$25 / 30-min

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