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About Kevin F.

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Memphis, TN

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I have had a fairly diverse musical background, including playing with bands and orchestras, as well as participating in choral groups and opera. I have a master's degree in music performance for wind conducting, and a bachelor's degree in music with an emphasis on piano performance.

I have taught private lessons for several years now and I love every moment with my students! I have a real passion for sharing my knowledge and experience with others, both failures and successes. I believe everyone has creative potential, and I believe music is a real universal art form that anyone can tap into if they want. Above all, making and creating music should also be fun!

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I try to keep my lessons professional but comfortable too. I don't yell at students for messing up or anything like that. I usually have an agenda b
ut am willing to adjust and compromise if the situation dictates. If you don't have a curriculum in mind, I like Alfred's piano courses, but will do my best to find one that fits you as a student best. My initial goals are to make sure the basics of reading music and performing are set so that no matter what musical avenue you want to pursue, you will be successful. I do specialize in classical music but enjoy creating and playing in other genres as well.

I now also offer lessons online, as well as tutoring in most math areas!

***CANCELLATION POLICY***
I kindly ask for 24 hour notice whenever possible if a lesson is going to be missed. Generally speaking, if I don't hear from a student and their lesson time passes I will mark the lesson as missed, but I am also usually more than willing to make up the lesson at a later time.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I have a piano keyboard at my home.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I would expect students to have their own instruments as needed, as well as music paper, pencils, etc. I may be able to provide some of those materials on occasion as well as some books/recordings, but will by and large expect students to purchase those for themselves.

*** Specialties ***
I am much more familiar with classical styles and Broadway. My music writing style tends to be somewhere between neo-classical and avant-garde.

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Emily B. May 19, 2017
· Piano · In home
He is a good instructor. Easy to talk to.
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Debora May 4, 2017
· Piano · Online
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Preston Mullins April 26, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Our son has been going to Kevin for over a year now. He is nice and great with our son. He has learned a lot during with time with Kevin and continues to grow as a student of music.
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Kevin F.

Kevin F.

Memphis, TN 38133
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About John S.

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Collierville, TN

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I have been teaching young people and adults how to play musical instruments for over 20 years. A lot of my students are well on their way to a rewarding future with music, some as professionals and others as hobbyists. In addition to being a teacher, I am also a professional performer who has worked in a wide variety of styles and I have a Masters degree in music composition and theory.

One of my main specialties is working with very young students and total beginners. There is a special skill to teaching young children that can only be developed through experience. For the older student, or the student who already has a musical background my specialty is helping you learn the styles that have always been of most interest to you. I can also help older students gain a broad understanding of music through some basic music theory.

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I can teach piano or keyboard to beginners and up to advanced students. On guitar and woodwinds I can teach beginners and up to intermediate level students.
My teaching style is fairly relaxed and very positive, but I will try to keep the lessons on a course that is going to benefit you the most.

For younger piano students and beginners I prefer the Alfreds piano system. The songs in the Alfreds books allow for immediate playing and note reading without any tedious memorization. The beginner books contain a lot of fun songs that kids really gravitate toward. For older students I try to gear the lessons toward whatever musical style you prefer. For students who have only had traditional piano lessons I can teach you how to read pop and jazz chord charts, as well as how to turn those chord charts into fully arranged music. I can also teach improvisation and the skills that are required to play specific styles of music in a professional band.

For my younger guitar students I have a variety of beginner material I have collected over the years, but for my older students I prefer to work on songs of their choice.
My beginner woodwind students will work with a Yamaha method book, while older students can learn improvisation and theory if they like.

I also can lead Orff styled tuned percussion ensembles. The Orff style of music performance allows for students from entirely mis-matched musical backgrounds to play music together, even on their first day of class.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Professional digital piano, many other keyboards, guitar, bass guitar, saxophone, flute, and four Orff tuned percussion instruments. I also have a comfortable seating area for parents, guests or observers.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can provide multiple keyboards, a guitar, saxophone, flute and 4 Orff style tuned percussion instruments, as well as countless books and literature.

*** Specialties ***
I play keyboards professionally in jazz, RnB, rock, reggae, Latin rock and other styles. I can help the student who has only had traditional lessons branch out and learn how to read chord charts, which in turn teaches them theory.
I am a certified Orff teacher as well.
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Chris August 19, 2016
· Piano · In studio
John does a great job and gets along great with the kids.
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Pat S. May 9, 2016
· Piano · In studio
John was very good and very patient. I really think I am going to love this
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Carter March 1, 2016
· Piano · In studio
John is a great teacher! This was my son's first piano lesson last night. He enjoyed it and also learned quite a bit during the half-hour session. My other son has been taking guitar lessons from John for over two years, and he has been a pleasure to work with during this time. We highly recommend him for lessons of various instruments!
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John S.

Collierville, TN 38017
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About Mike B.

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Lake Worth, FL
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I teach all styles of music and all levels of ability

As I look back at my life, I see that music was my constant companion. My passion for music, and more specifically for the guitar, goes back to the time when, as a ten year old I received a guitar for my birthday. The sound of the instrument truly struck a chord in my heart and I learned to respect and love the instrument to the point that I thought of it almost as a companion, as something alive or, more exactly, as something my fingers could make come alive. At first I wanted to play rock and popular music, but eventually I switched to classical. When I entered the realm of classical music, a whole new world opened up for me -- new feelings, new emotions, and new challenges.
My enthusiasm for music continued, and beginning in 1990 I attended the Hartt School of Music, part of
the University of Hartford. I knew, of course, that the education of a musician is truly never finished, and between 1995 and 1997, I took Master Jazz Classes in New York City, under the direction of Dennis Cinelli, the international guitar player and soloist.
While in Florida, I attended classes at Florida International University. Between 2000 and 2003 I played in an orchestra on board the ships of the Royal Caribbean Cruise Line.
All along the way I have been teaching the guitar at just about every level, an activity that I always enjoyed but admittedly is somewhat limiting. Teaching brings us back to the basics, but for a musician performing is what makes us grow professionally and satisfy us emotionally.
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Juan Luis P. April 20, 2017
· Acoustic Guitar · Online
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Viviana April 3, 2017
· Guitar · In home
Amazing guitar teacher. Mike is so patient and easy to work with. I feel so confident playing guitar now because of my lessons. I feel very comfortable recommending him.
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Gary S. November 18, 2014
· Guitar · In home
I really like Mike.

First off - he is SUPER punctual. The one time he was running late I even got a timely text message warning.

Second - he is very good at diagnosing issues and providing the right exercise/coaching.

Third - he is very flexible. I feel him supporting my music choices... not imposing his still or preferences.

And finally - he seems to me (I'm not good enough to judge) VERY skilled as a player... able to deconstruct songs, able to transpose quickly, able to find alternative strumming patterns.

I really feel very good about recommending him.

Gary
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About Lawrence P.

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Lawrence P. is a pop/r&b/gospel singer who recently went viral with millions of views on Youtube. He is from San Diego, CA and has been trained and continues to train with UCSD's Gospel Choir Professor Ken Anderson (since January 2010).

Lawrence now gives back to his community by coaching and teaching students in singing, and they have seen vast improvements in breath control, power, stylistic vocal trills (or fancy vocal runs) vibrato, stage presence and especially confidence.

Lawrence graduated with honors (Cum Laude) from UCSD in 2012 and has knowledge of singing techniques, exercises and tips on auditioning/performing (Lawrence has advanced through multiple rounds of American Idol, the X-Factor and The Voice).

Lawrence would love to teach any and all ages.

If you like what you hear, hit the "BOOK ONLINE" button and
get acquainted with an up and coming artist that wants to give back to his community!
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Jazzy Crosby August 1, 2017
· Singing · In studio
I have never taken a vocal lesson in my life, but as an aspiring actor trying to increase my skills, I thought it's time I go ahead and learn to sing.

Felt super nervous my first month, but Lawrence helps chill you out and definitely works with you to get out of your comfort zone.
I already feel and hear a difference in my singing voice - so I'm super stoked about my progress in the months to come.

It's also great that he's still working and getting his own gigs because it keeps him current on what being a performer is all about.

He's super talented and always gets over 10k on his youtube videos, like for real- if you're going to learn a talent you should definitely learn from someone whose killing it! Highly Recommend!

Lawrence, you're stuck with me bro.
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Bao H. August 1, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Lawrence is a very good, super chill instructor, an amazing singer and is also very good at explaining the technical elements of singing. He is also very professional with his appointments as well.
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Michael Z. February 21, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Awesome teacher. Really nice to beginners and really fun and chill.
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About Kelley K.

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Ann Arbor, MI

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Whether you've never had a voice lesson in your life, are looking for fine tuning, or are just curious, I'd love to help you set and achieve your goals! I've studied classical voice for over 15 years, and started teaching about six years ago. I focus on breath control, relieving body tension and any hindrance to beautiful and free sound, diction, and interpretation. I speak French, some Italian, a little German, and can also help with Czech and Russian diction.

My goal for students is that they develop the healthy, efficient, and reliable ability to express themselves through music in a safe and fun environment. I've studied with some of the finest pedagogues in the world, and am comfortable teaching students at any stage in their musical development.

***Lesson Details***
For beginners, I like to focus on music fundamentals, inclu
ding theory and aural skills, and building a solid foundation of breath management. For more advanced students, the focus will be refinement and fine tuning--whether it be working on dramatic interpretation, freeing up the sound and any tension in the body, performance anxiety, or languages. We can work on operatic, song, musical theater, and jazz repertoire, languages and diction, dramatic interpretation, and performance skills.

I believe very strongly in singing repertoire appropriate for your age and level, and will not do anything to compromise your development.

Learning to sing requires a great deal of hard work and commitment. Each lesson, I will leave the student with specific exercises and pieces to practice before the next lesson. New exercises may pose challenges, but that's part of the process! If you are struggling with a particular assignment, please do not hesitate to communicate with me, and I will guide you through it, or find an alternative to help you achieve the same goal.

We are all different, and so have different learning styles. Singing lessons should be therapeutic, gratifying, and above all fun! I don't ever want singing to turn into a chore or something you don't enjoy. This should be fun!

***Travel Equipment***
Student should have either a piano or keyboard. A CD player, mirror, and yoga mat are a plus.

***Skype Equipment***
Computer with high-speed internet. I can supply electronic files for sheet music and accompanied tracks.

***More about me***
Please don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions, comments, or concerns.

Originally from Seal Beach, CA, soprano Kelley received her Master of Music from Rice University, where she studied with world-renowned voice teacher, Dr. Stephen King, and her Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from The University of Michigan. She has appeared in full productions and scenes as Contessa Almaviva (Le nozze di Figaro), Fiordiligi (Così fan tutte), Frau Fluth (Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor), Musetta/Mimì (La bohème), Corvina (Volpone), Hanna Glawari (The Merry Widow), Countess Madeleine (Capriccio), and Curley's Wife (Of Mice and Men). As a concert soloist, Kelley has sung Mozart's Requiem and Vespers, Rachmaninoff's Bells, Brahms' Liebeslieder Walzer, and Schumann's Spanisches Liederspiel. She regularly performs in cabaret shows with Lone Star Lyric Theater in Houston, TX, and started teaching privately in 2011.
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Christopher October 4, 2015
· Vocal Training · In studio
Kelley is the best! She's very knowledgeable in technique, languages, and repertoire, but she also made it really fun for me. I always wanted to sing but was really nervous about it, so I'm so especially thankful for her warm and supportive personality and professionalism. Highly recommend!
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Marcus September 24, 2015
· Vocal Training · In studio
Kelley is a qualified pedagogue who exhibits that all too rare balance of consummate professionalism with a friendly personal touch. She teaches a healthy vocal technique, based on current science and traditional methods, always keeping an eye on the artistic and expressive goal. While some teachers just work on your voice, Kelley also coaches the student as they work to integrate their ideas into a musical/dramatic presentation. Kelley has trained with some of the best teachers in the United States and has a wide knowledge of repertoire both in the classical and Broadway/cabaret genres. Her extensive language skills also make her a great resource for students studying the classical repertoire specifically. I do not recommend voice teachers unless I trust their knowledge and professional demeanor implicitly.

I'm currently an Assistant Professor of Voice working in a school of music at a famous university in a major US city. Over the years, I have sent a variety of my students to work with Kelley, from ages 14-60. Across the board, they all have had a rewarding and fun experience, making significant progress both technically and in their self-confidence. I wholeheartedly recommend Kelley to anyone looking for a voice teacher.
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About Joel B.

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Memphis, TN
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Guitar, Bass and Ukulele teacher with over 20 years experience located in Memphis, TN. With a fully customizable approach to teaching, Joel will have you up and playing the songs you want to learn as fast as after a few lessons. All ages at all levels of playing ability. Learning music is fun with Joel !

Not only will we be learning how to play the guitar, bass or ukulele and playing songs, but also learning how to sing them as well. As you progress along you will learn how to improvise and make a melodic solo. I will explain theory in an easy to understand way and how to compose your own songs too !

Joël has worked as a professional musician, teacher, producer/engineer, and concert promoter for the past 30 years. Joël studied composition at Humber College in Toronto before relocating to London with his alternative rock band Melt.
Melt quickly grabbed the attention of the critics, and received extensive play on BBC Radio One, XFM, and London FM. Rock journalists wrote rave reviews of Melt for Melody Maker and NME and was given "Single Of The Week" status. Melt performed with Supergrass, Modest Mouse, Eels, Julianna Hatfield, and Hefner.

Joël moved to New York and formed his next band, Mutronium who were voted #2 favorite of the year on WFMU Radio. Mutronium performed with Grizzly Bear, Au Revoir Simone, and BM Linx before disbanding. Joel then turned his attention to production work, producing and engineering recordings for TVT recording artists Ambulance Ltd. and 11 albums for U.K. band Hefner. Currently Joël is working on placement music for TV and films.
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Albert September 20, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
Joel is a very good instructor, he makes sure his students develope good work ethics and lays a foundation that keeps a students interest and desire to learn.
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Leslie August 25, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
Joel is a great instructor he is so calm and incouroging! He make it fun!
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John March 30, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
HE was very easy to understand. Very knowledgeable
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Joel B.

Joel B.

Memphis, TN 38107
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About Leander S.

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Memphis, TN
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A little about me: I am the French horn player with the touring wind quintet the City of Tomorrow. In addition to my work with the City of Tomorrow, I hold positions with the Oregon Ballet Theater Orchestra and the Portland Opera Orchestra. I also play regularly with the Memphis Symphony Orchestra and the IRIS Orchestra in Germantown, Tennessee. As well as teaching private students, I am the horn instructor at both Rhodes College and the University of Mississippi at Oxford.

My Teaching Philosophies:
- Fundamentals are the key to success. Understanding and integrating basic principles of brass playing (including air-support, embouchure, and articulation) are the primary goals of most exercises.
- Lessons should be fun and full of experimentation. During lessons, there will be times when we improvise, try to make different noises on
our instruments, and try out new ways of solving problems.
- Music can be understood instinctually and intellectually. Both are important to being a musician. During lessons we will improve the instinctual understanding of music by singing, listening, and exploring options of musical expression. Intellectual understanding will be deepened through study of music theory, composition, and historical performance-practice.

Good luck with your teacher search!
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Leander S.

Leander S.

Memphis, TN 38104
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About Ivan M.

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Horn Lake, MS
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I teach piano students of all different ages and experience levels. I studied classical piano for 16 years, and contemporary keyboard for 7 of those. I can teach students to read music and pursue classical excellence, to learn how to play contemporary music using chord sheets, or both depending on the goals and preference of the student.
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Ivan M.

Horn Lake, MS 38637
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About Marissa H.

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Memphis, TN

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My name is Marissa Howard I am currently studying at the University of Memphis for my Masters in classical voice. I have been studying piano for 14 years and voice for 8. I began my education at the Denver School of the Arts studying under Brian Stinar and Anne Van Etten, where I had the opportunity to play in prestigious halls such as Jordan Hall at New England Conservatory and John Paine Hall at Harvard University. For my undergraduate I attended the Chicago College of the Performing Arts and I had the opportunity to work with Thomas Studebaker and Cynthia Clarey studying piano under Dr. Rachel Park. I had the great opportunity to work with great artists such as Nicole Cabell and Isabelle Leonard and worked with local theaters such as the Greenhouse Theater. As a pianist I had the opportunity to work with composers such as Doug Green,
Nicholas Gutierrez, Justus Richardson, and Andrew Meixner to perform new works. As a teacher I believe in a strong foundation in hard work and fun. Music should be enjoyable and I enjoy working with students both young and old. I would love to work with finding your passion or hobby and help encourage you along the way.
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Marissa H.

Marissa H.

Memphis, TN 38118
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