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Vandell A.

Coppell, TX

Students will learn all of the basics to playing the piano, as well as music theory. We will learn music and even compose our own songs!

About Vandell

Hailing from the "Birthplace of Jazz", Vandell's path to greatness and his purpose in music would not be too hard to find. While studying music at the age of 13 at a local jazz summer camp in the Treme' area of New Orleans, it was there that he learned to play the trumpet. After an entire summer of playing the trumpet at the camp, he was approached by one of his teachers that challenged him by stating his embouchure would work better with the saxophone. Being that this influential teacher was the coolest saxophonist in the world in the eyes of this young, budding jazz musician, Vandell took th
is challenge as a compliment that his teacher would even consider training him on his new instrument. 

Soon after cultivating his craft on the alto saxophone, he joined the world renowned St. Augustine "Marching 100" Marching Band. This experience afforded Vandell the opportunities of performing in events and parades all over the world as a member of the prestigious marching band, which would ultimately convince him that performing and playing music was what he wanted to do for a living after graduating from high school.   

Shortly after graduation, he enrolled in classes at Southern University at New Orleans, and studied with the legendary Edward "Kidd" Jordan. After a month of studying with Kidd, the catastrophic devastation of hurricane Katrina took the city of New Orleans by storm. At the age of 18, and after enduring the life-altering changes brought on by Katrina, Vandell realized that he wanted to seriously pursue a career in music and began to write original compositions. In just a few short years, this decision has led to him sharing the stage with a vast array of artists, from multiple genres of music, and at venues across United States and Europe. He has also opened and shared the stage with several internationally acclaimed artists and musicians, including Grammy award winning jazz saxophonist Kirk Whalum and the legendary smooth jazz saxophonist Tom Braxton.

In June of 2011, Vandell released his debut album entitled "Years Later”. This album is a collection of original musical compositions that has been written since he relocated to Texas following the aftermath of hurricane Katrina in his hometown of New Orleans. The "Years Later" album, to date, has been getting rave reviews from smooth jazz fans, music lovers and critics across the world. With the success of "Years Later" Vandell decided to release an uptempo 5 song EP called "Turn It Up". Since it's release, the leading single "Let's Ride" has reached #1 on the Billboard Charts!

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide books, music stands and writing utensils. I expect the student to provide chairs to sit.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize mainly in jazz, but am proficient in all other genres. I focus on the basic fundamentals needed to play and improvise in the genre. I always make sure that my students understand theory. From sight-reading and understanding harmony, from scales to chord structures and playing styles.
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Nicholas C. December 27, 2015
Saxophone · Online
Verified Student
I've had saxophone instructors in the past, but Vandell is by far the best. He's incredibly knowledgable, patient, and makes the lesson fun. Plus, its really cool to see some of his past gigs and covers on YouTube and know you're learning from someone with legitimate expertise. Looking forward to increasing my proficiency through his teachings.
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Leonardo Q. December 15, 2015
Saxophone · Online
Verified Student
Excellent!!!
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Kieth November 5, 2015
Piano · In home
Waited for several lessons to take place before I gave a review. Vandell is a very patient instructor with my son. The lessons are progressing at a great pace. My son is learning jazz piano.
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Vandell A.

Vandell A.

Coppell, TX 75019
(5)
starting at
$45 / 30-min
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Brian S.

Denton, TX

Experienced and engaging piano teacher, emphasis on nurturing a love of music through teaching kids to play the music they love while enriching them with a thorough knowledge of theory and performance techniques. That means I can teach your kid any song on the radio but I can also teach them how to read music!

About Brian

I have been teaching students privately since December 2012, and am currently working as a Teacher's Fellow at a high-profile college of music. I teach a variety of styles, from classical to jazz to your favorite pop songs, and I always cater my lessons to the students' personality and preferences. Music should be fun!
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Henry N. January 29, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
He is a very nice guy and a great teacher. I wish I could continue, but I hope to eventually start back up again with Brian.
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Andy November 24, 2015
Piano · In home
Brian inspired first my daughter and then my son to really love playing the piano. They were really proud of their accomplishments and were able to show it off at various recitals that Brian organized. We were very sorry to see him move from Chicago! He's easy going, relatable and cares a lot about the kids. I'd highly recommend.
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Tom November 23, 2015
Saxophone · In home
I couldn't have asked for a better teacher. Brian was able to take me from not playing the sax in 10 years to playing in front of 200 people at my wedding in 6-7 sessions. I'd highly recommend him to anyone looking for lessons.
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Brian S.

Denton, TX 76201
(5)
starting at
$27 / 30-min
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Marilyn S.

The Colony, TX

Piano lessons, beginners and above! See information in About Section for details!

About Marilyn

Music Job History:
My music teaching/playing background includes: private piano instructor at home studio, elementary music teacher in Lewisville ISD and Odessa Public Schools, piano accompanist for middle school/high school band Solo Contests, and former church accompanist for Methodist churches. I accompany both Lakeview and Griffin choirs throughout the school year.
Was Elementary Principal at Owen Elementary, The Colony, Lewisville ISD
Personal Information:
Have 3 children, now ages 24, 25, and 27
Love gardening, reading, playing piano, ringing handbells.

I believe performing
is an important part of music learning, so I schedule at least 2 recitals each year. Some of my adults prefer not to perform and that is okay too. I am a member of Carrollton Music Teachers Association and through them there are festival opportunities 4 times a year for those students who are ready to play for a judge!. The more you perform, the easier it gets!

*** Lesson Details ***
I believe that most people would say that they wish they could play the piano. Taking piano lessons keeps you practicing and working on improving your skills. I can always help a student to play better in some aspect of their playing. I break down skills into as small a step as needed so the student can understand what needs to be done. Reading music is similar to reading words, so sometimes the problem is not with the fingers being able to play, but what the student is seeing. I can take whatever series you are currently playing out of and move forward with you from that series.
Rhythm can often be a problem when playing and that usually is just a matter of getting that rhythm into your vocabulary and really hearing how it goes.
Fingering is another area that can be the reason that a passage is not working for you and I can help you figure those areas out. I always try to correct and help you improve by using humor and positive reinforcement. I have several books that work on technique in fun, short exercises that will apply to any songs or literature that you are working on.
We will spend some of every lesson sight reading (looking at music that you will practice at home). Improving your ability to read music at sight will make your piano playing more enjoyable for you.

As with any lessons, the more you practice, the more progress and fun you will have! Every student needs a spiral notebook that we will use to keep track of your lessons. I have found it best if I buy the books you need and then you pay me for the books - that keeps you from having to search at a music store for the correct books and I make sure you have the correct book/levels. If you prefer to find the books yourself, that will be fine also. I am flexible and want your piano playing years to be lifelong for you.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Yamaha Grand Piano, Baldwin Acrosonic Studio Piano, Suzuki 88 key electronic keyboard,

*** Specialties ***
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have received the highest feedback rating from students.
Piano, Handbells, Music Theory, Sight reading
I can teach from any series, have tended to specialize more with beginning and intermediate students. I have taught from almost every series over the years.
Right now I have students in Faber & Faber, Bastien, John Thompson, Schaum, David Carr Glover, Hal Leonard, FJH, Dozen a Day, and Alfred series.
I think that breaking skills down into small steps works well for mastery and understanding. I like to expand my students' appreciation of different types of music, from classical to pop, looking for music that is at the student's playing level.
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Quinn A. February 4, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Based on what I saw today, it's clear my son will be playing incredible pieces of music before he leaves elementary school.
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Jennifer H. June 26, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Marilyn is great! Very hands on and very informative!
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AmandaS July 2, 2011
Merilyn is fantastic!

I am an adult student of Marilyn's and played the piano for 10 years growing up. I came to Marilyn wanting to start playing again after not playing at all for 7 years. My experience has been wonderful and I am surprised at how quickly I'm picking it up again. This is mostly due to Marilyn's positive feedback and constructive instruction. She is laid back and easy to work with and my experience playing as an adult is much more enjoyable than when I was younger.
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Marilyn S.

Marilyn S.

The Colony, TX 75056
(9)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Jordan D.

Grapevine, TX

I have played piano for rock bands and worship ensembles for several years. I was also required to take 4 semesters of Functional Piano in college and prove myself a proficient pianist to graduate. I also use piano on a daily basis for arranging, composing, and teaching.

About Jordan

13 years ago, I picked up a guitar and began my life-long pursuit of music. This pursuit has led me in a wide variety of directions. Today, I am the worship leader for Living Life Church, an on-staff music-producer and session musician at Drive35 Productions, and a passionate instructor.

I have a passion for a wide variety of styles of music. For several years, I was the lead guitarist, singer, and songwriter for multiple independent rock bands, the most notable being an indie psychedelic band called Tod The Fox. I have led worship for many churches including Grace Fellowship UMC, Brazos
Pointe Church, The Cornerstone College Ministry at UTA, and FUMC Allen in varying capacities. At UTA, I studied Jazz and Classical guitar under acclaimed guitarists Sam Walker and Billy Robertson. Here, I also studied theory, piano, sight-singing, and music-production extensively. I graduated Magna Cume Laude with a Bachelor of Music-Media from UTA. After school, I spent 9 months interning/assistant engineering with acclaimed musician/composer/producer Brad Nyght at The Bakery Studio in Dallas- whose credits include being the drummer for The Michael Gungor Band and Desperation Band. Then, got hired as an on-staff session musician and music producer at Drive35 Productions. I have also played guitar, mandolin, and bass for multiple pit orchestras and guitar for the North Lake Jazz Ensemble with director Jim Eger.

My teaching style varies from student to student. Music is a wonderfully diverse subject and every student has his own aspirations. I will do my best to cater each lesson to the student's goals and interests. Whether that is classical guitar method, rock, jazz, folk, country, pop or anything in between.

I have an excellent internet connection and microphone set up for online lessons. I also utilize screen-sharing to make the lessons as close to real life as possible.

A few of my favorite artists include: Michael Gungor, Joe Pass, Andrew Bird, Chopin, Led Zeppelin, Glen Hansard, and Radiohead.

*** Lesson Details ***
Lessons will vary significantly from student to student. Not only does every student have different goals in mind, they all learn differently as well. I do my best to customize my lessons for each student's goals and needs. A typical guitar, bass, ukulele, or piano lesson may involve music-reading, chord studies, technical work, scale practice, theory, and of course learning awesome songs!

I consider myself a healthy balance between professional and light-hearted. As much as I want to make efficient use of the lesson-time, my primary goal is for the student to truly understand and enjoy music.

I have worked hard to be a flexible musician and teacher. I am competent in jazz, rock, classical, contemporary, blues, worship, country, and beyond and will be happy to teach any (or all) of these styles to any student.

*** Studio Equipment ***
My at-home studio includes:

- Chairs
- An 88-key Casio Privia keyboard
- Professional grade recording equipment (003r interface, behringer ada8000 with BLA mod, RNC by FMR, and more)
- High speed Internet access
- A printer
- A library of music resources
- Novation Launchkey MIDI controller
- Rode K2 condensor microphone
- Sm57
- Several Naiant stereo pair microphones
- 2 acoustic guitars (Cort and Zaeger), 2 electric guitars (Epiphone CS Custom, Fender Nashville Tele)
- An electric bass guitar (Epiphone Thunderbird with Bartolini Pickups)
- Lanakai Ukulele
- A Savannah Mandolin
- Double input amplifier (vox AC15C1)
- Music stand
- Metronomes/tuners
- Recording studio quality monitors (Yamaha HS8s)
- Large pedal board and pedal chain

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in contemporary, rock, blues, and worship guitar, but have extensive experience in classical and jazz guitar as well. I am also an on-staff session guitar player for Drive35 Productions and can help anyone interested in the skills necessary to play for a studio.

For piano, I teach beginner to intermediate level students in a variety of genres. I use piano on a daily basis for composing, arranging, and performing.

For bass, I can also teach a variety of genres. I specialize in blues/rock/contemporary but have experience in classical and jazz bass as well.

For ukulele, I specialize in pop music adaptation and classical.

For mandolin, I teach basic beginner music skills- reading and strumming techniques.

***STUDIO POLICIES***
My studio offers 2 different types of contracts, Schedule-As-You-Go and Monthly contracts. Monthly contracts require commitment to at least a full-month's worth of lessons (holdiays and summers are exceptions), all lessons are paid for up front and this reserves your weekly slot. I will always be willing to work out make-ups when possible. Schedule As You Go lessons are scheduled week-to-week and do not reserve your slot for anything beyond that week.
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Riley F. January 31, 2016
Ukulele · In studio
Verified Student
Jordan was great. Excited to keep learning and improving.
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Brennan G. November 23, 2015
Ukulele · Online
Jordan is a talented teacher knowing how to best start you out on an instrument but not hesitant on challenging his students with more difficult material. I learned heaps in my first five lessons with Jordan and was stoked on the outcome!
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Keith Roberts November 15, 2015
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
First meeting. All went as expected.
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Jordan D.

Jordan D.

Grapevine, TX 76051
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starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Beth B.

Colleyville, TX

I use a variety of books for each of my students customized to their experience and goals. From theory, scales, and technique, to sight-reading and various repertoire, I ensure a well-rounded foundation for their musicianship.

About Beth

In May 2011, I graduated from Texas Woman's University with my Bachelor's Degree in Music and a minor in Business Management. Music has been my passion since before I started taking piano lessons in third grade and there was an innate desire to master the keys. At age fifteen, I taught myself how to play guitar and started writing songs. In 2013, I became a published songwriter when my songs were produced on my church's Christmas Album ("Who Is This King?").

I have been teaching private piano lessons part-time from my home in Colleyville for four years. My students range from young beginner
s to intermediate and advanced students, to beginner and moderate adults. Teaching is my greatest passion, whether it's of the classical genre, theory mastery, or equipping a student to use their gifts in worship. I am looking forward to teaching full-time very soon so I can fully invest all my time and energy into the precious gifts of my students.

Feel free to contact me if you have any questions and I will be happy to discuss. I believe with you that you'll find just the right instructor to impart to your family!

Favorites:
-Debussy (Clair De Lune or First Arabesque)
-Beethoven
-Bethel Worship Band

My Top Five Strengths: (from Gallup StrengthsFinder)
1. Positivity
2. Maximizer
3. Developer
4. Achiever
5. Arranger
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Bella M. January 30, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
She is so pleasant and polite! She is so patient and really loved that she is able to come to our home.
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Jagger M. January 30, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
She was absolutely amazing!!! She works awesome with children!
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Leah January 20, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Awesome, my daughter loved her 1st lesson she can't wait to go next week.
She came home and went to practice on hers what she learned today.
Thanks Beth for a wonderful experience that I know she will treasure as she continues to learn.
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Beth B.

Beth B.

Colleyville, TX 76034
(16)
starting at
$25 / 30-min

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