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Samantha D.

Allentown, PA

About Samantha

Samantha started taking piano lessons at age 3 from her mother, who was also a music teacher. She played piano continuously through school, and also learned to play clarinet, guitar, flute, trumpet and sax, often playing different instruments in her school's band. She also learned the violin and cello all before graduating high school and starting college. While still in HIgh School, she started teaching young beginners in her mothers studio.

She attended Pensacola Christian College in Florida, majoring in Piano Performance, under the watchful eye of Mr. Daniel Nagy from Brazil. She t
ransferred to Clearwater Christian College, Tampa, FL, her Junior year to study with Dr. Craig Ralston, graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Music.

After graduation she took a position at Seffner Christian Academy, near Tampa. There she taught Beginning and Intermediate Band and assisted the Advanced Band class.

From there, she returned home to Delaware to teach at Milford Music Center's music school, owned by her mother. This was also the same school where she learned to play most of her instruments and where she taught throughout High School.

Now in Allentown, Pennsylvania, she is passing on her love of music to her students.

*** Lesson Details ***
Samantha believes in teaching the fundamentals of music first, which will make the following lessons easy and fun for the student. She has used a variety of methods on different students and will use whichever method will be best understood by each individual student. She enjoys getting to know the strengths and weaknesses of each student and building on the foundation teacher and student have built together. As a team, teacher and student will put together short and long- term goals and work towards each goal with every lesson. Samantha asks each of her students to commit to practicing and to give their best effort at each lesson. If the student can make that commitment, goals will be reached quickly and easily.

The student will also see marked improvements in their school work, attention span, and overall well - being.

Students learn music theory, basic improvisation, harmony, music analysis, technique and interpretation.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Yamaha Grand Piano, Yamaha Clavinova, Cello, trumpet, clarinet, violin, guitar.

*** Travel Equipment ***
None. Students will need to provide own instrument and will need to purchase music books and an assignment book

*** Specialties ***
Classical, Contemporary, Pop, Christian, Band and Orchestra Repertoire, Favor Bastien and Alfred Piano Methods, Suzuki and other well know methods
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MaureenC January 13, 2012
Wonderful!

Samantha D. is wonderful. My kids play so well for only 1 year'sworth of lessons. I would highly recommend her to anyone! I am blownaway by the music that comes out of the Piano from a 7 and 11 year old.My 11 year old signed up for her first music competition at school. Ifyou told me one year ago I would have girls playing a piano, I would notbelieve you. I truly thought they would quit after a couple of months.Not the case. They are musically talented and still love it. Thanks toSamantha D! They are now thriving in the in-school music program.Thank you, TakeLessons, for filtering out the best teachers. When achild has a small window of interest, you have to grab it the rightway...the wrong teacher would not have given me these results.
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PatK August 30, 2011
My granddaughter, Katelynn, enjoys her trumpet lessons with Samantha. Samantha is caring, seems to enjoy teaching & has patience; which is needed since Katelynn needs a little extra attention learning things
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MaureenC February 5, 2011
Highly Recommend her!

My daughters (10, & 6) have only had three lessons with Samantha! They love it. Her nature is kind and welcoming. She can tell how much they can handle so doesn't overwhelm them with too much theory or pieces to play. She strikes a nice balance. My 10 year old started composing her own song when she became bord with the beginner book! Samantha has added to this excitement and changed her teaching style to match my daughters learning style. My daughter was beaming! Samantha has taught her how to take the next pieces of theory and add it to her song. She also ordered music my daughter enjoys like Selena Gomez. My 6 year old is excited every week and doesn't want to be late. My husband and I thought this would be just another thing to start and quit. So far they are going strong!
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Samantha D.

Samantha D.

Allentown, PA 18106
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$45 / 30-min
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Mike S.

Lehighton, PA

About Mike

A professional musician and music instructor for over 30 years, Mike has established himself as not only a world class player but also an excellent teacher of all ages and skill levels. He teaches for several area conservatories and hosts master classes on composition, performance, guitar and bass improvisation. Mike now offers lessons in his professional home studio.

*** Lesson Details ***
Mike's approach is to use the student's own musical tastes to develop an appreciation for the instrument. If you like rock, you learn by playing rock. If you like jazz, you learn by playing jazz. Mike's
approach makes it painless to learn to read, train your ear and develop monster chops quickly.

*** Studio Equipment ***
1) Recording studio - 1200 square feet - all instruments and seating for parents

2) Private teaching room w/ all instruments and seating for parents

*** Specialties ***
For the last few years I've had good results teaching theory as part of a greater performance focus. I've taught Hal Leonard and Suzuki Method in the past, but find this more enjoyable and rewarding for the students.
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Jeff W. March 17, 2015
Violin · In studio
Verified Student
I very much enjoy the time I share and learn with Mike. He has been very patient with my slow learning curve. I have noticed that he caters to a person's strengths, which works for me since I have been slowly learning technique and muscle coordination in respect to playing the violin.

I highly recommend anyone at any age to call upon Mike for instrumental instruction.

To TakeLessons, thank you for offering a system that lets people connect with highly competent instructors.
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Jeff T. June 14, 2014
Cello · In studio
Verified Student
Mike has been very patient and helpful and takes the time to carefully explain the instruction given. Besides being a great teacher Mike is very personable and that makes the lessons stress free. Taking lessons from an accomplished working musician is the best possible choice.
Thank you Mike for taking me on as a student!
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Dee D. April 14, 2014
Violin
Verified Student
Mike is the best!!

I always wanted to learn Violin, but at 26 I thought I'd never get very far. Mike is teaching me Improvisation so that I can jam with my bluegrass friends. After 9 months of lessons with Mike, I am starting to really understand my instrument and am able to jam with my friends! I never thought I would progress this quickly and I know that is all due to the way Mike has taught me and teaching me certain things every week that I can build on and practice at home. I definitely recommend Mike for lessons on any instrument, he is a talented multi-instrumentalist who is interested in all genres of music from classical to country, he is accessible and doesn't make you feel like an idiot when you don't get it right, but he is also tough enough on you that you progress very quickly. He is also interested in teaching you what you want to learn, the right way, so you can get the most out of your musical experience. Playing fiddle is now one of my favorite things to do, I get so much joy out of it, all thanks to Mike and a little hard work!! :)
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Mike S.

Lehighton, PA 18235
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starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Nicholas U.

Allentown, PA

Students of all skill levels are welcome. I tailor the lesson type to the student rather than use a cookie-cutter approach.

About Nicholas

I am a second generation music teacher for piano and violin. I have been teaching for over 15 years as well as playing both instruments for about 30 years. I have an Associates in Music. Making lessons both fun and educational is what make my students successful in their instruments. My lessons are custom made to how the student learns, not cookie-cut. We also do bi-annual recitals in October and April to showcase the students' accomplishments.

*** Lesson Details ***
My lessons are both fun and educational at the same time. I compromise with my students by having us each pick a piece
to play on top of the usual learning pieces. My students play anything from Katy Perry to 80s music and rock ballads and in between. I use John Thompson and Fingerpower as well as a notespeller for piano and String Essentials for violin. Many of my students can play with both hands after six months. We do recitals each year to showcase the past year's achievements in their pieces.

*** Travel Equipment ***
For either instrument I pick up all books and supplies ahead of the lesson. I have my own violin and music stand that I use to assist in teaching.

*** Specialties ***
John Thompson, Suzuki, popular music, Gospel, New Age, and anything in between
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William Z. June 1, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
All of my children have begun to work with Nicholas. His relaxed but challenging style is a perfect combination for young boys. Great experience!
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Raquel M. July 26, 2014
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Nicholas has been patient and quite forgiving with the difficulty in teaching the range from 4 year old to adult in my household! He is great!
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Ann T. March 6, 2014
Verified Student
Piano Teacher review

Teacher is very connected to student regarding what music student wants to learn. Teacher very encouraging and positive. Student looks forward to lessons. Teacher very flexible with schedule changes. Teacher checks on progress occassionally during the week.
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Nicholas U.

Nicholas U.

Allentown, PA 18101
(4)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Stefanie E.

Newtown, PA

Learn classical violin, learn to read music notation, or get extra private instruction on material that you are learning in your school lessons and orchestra. Learn proper posture and hand positions, including holding the bow correctly, learn scales and sight reading.

About Stefanie

I have been teaching private music lessons since 2003 and specialize in Vocals and both beginner Guitar and Violin. My education in music began long ago in 1994 when I began playing violin and performed in different Orchestras and Chamber Orchestras throughout my years in school. I attended Berklee College of Music in Boston to study violin performance, have an associates degree in Music Performance, and have studied with many well know instructors over the years. My teaching style is based on a fun, creative, and informative knowledge to get you feeling confident right away with what we are w
orking on together! I love teaching Rock, Pop, and Blues styles for Vocals and Guitar and have a long history of classical training for Violin. You will get to learn what you want to learn and I will help you every step of the way to get you to reach your goals!

My professional music performance experience has recently allowed me to play venues such as The TLA, Radio 104.5 Live at 5, The Legendary Dobb's, Bethlehem Musikfest, Boot and Saddle, and other Philadelphia area venues with my Garage Rock band 'La Capitaña'!

I look forward to sharing my knowledge of music with you!

*** Lesson Details ***
Lessons always begin with warm-ups and technique exercises. We then begin working on the song of your choice. If you are doing Voice with me, I will accompany you with guitar so you can experience what it's like to sing with a live instrument. If you have specific areas of focus I will attend to any needs you have and we will achieve your goals! An audio recording of warm-ups or the song we are working on can be made and sent to you free of charge. Most importantly, lessons should always be fun and productive! I want to share my knowledge with you while encouraging you to do your best. Leaving with a smile on your face is extremely important to me!

A further breakdown of how the lesson can go:

For All Instruments:
Music theory, learning to read music notation, and understanding rhythms are areas of focus as well as reading guitar tablature if desired.

For Vocals:
Vocal warm-up and techniques will teach you the proper way to sing and protect your voice from strain. Belting the proper way is taught and finding a 'cutting', strong sound is achieved through many exercises. I will get you to sound the way you've always known you can sound!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Keyboard, Guitar, Violin

*** Travel Equipment ***
Guitar, Violin

*** Specialties ***
Rock, Blues, Pop styles
Vocal Technique/Styling
Performance Technique
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Charlotte D. July 17, 2015
Violin · In home
Verified Student
Charlotte thoroughly enjoyed her lesson with Stefanie. She learned new and reviewed forgotten information. Stefanie held her interest and encouraged her efforts.
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Stefanie E.

Stefanie E.

Newtown, PA 18940
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starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Helen M.

Easton, PA

I offer a creative, structured approach, designed to build on the student’s aural experience, utilizing musicianship as a foundation for performance while securing a comprehensive knowledge of notation, thereby ensuring confidence when reading music.
Trained to teach in London, I draw on my European experience to offer viable class and ensemble opportunities. Since opening her my studio in 2000 my students have performed works by Vivaldi, Mozart, Beethoven, Bartok and Shostakovich.

About Helen

Helen brings a creative, structured approach to her teaching. Designed to build on the student’s aural experience, it emphasizes musicianship as a foundation for performance. Awareness of the expressive, responsive aspects of music secures a comprehensive knowledge of notation, ensuring confidence when reading music.
Trained to teach in London, she draws on her European experience to offer viable class and ensemble opportunities. Since opening her Easton studio in 2000 her students have performed works by Vivaldi, Mozart, Beethoven, Bartok and Shostakovich.
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Helen M.

Helen M.

Easton, PA 18042
starting at
$45 / 30-min

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