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Whitney H.

Dallas, TX

About Whitney

*** SCHEDULE *** PLEASE READ ***
I am an RN so my hospital schedule varies. One week I may have Tuesday night available, the next week I don't. It's difficult to reflect this kind of "availability" on my profile but I want potential new students to be aware of the possibility of schedule changes on a fairly regular basis. The availability shown on my profile is only a general approximation of the days/times I have open.

*** Bit About Me ***
I am a classically trained pianist who competed in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area for 15 years (began lessons at age 5). Teaching is something I
genuinely enjoy doing. Whatever your goals are, I will work hard to help you achieve them in a way that best fits your needs.

*** What you can expect from me ***
Whether your goal is to learn scales by the end of the month, figure out where middle C is, or become a classical genius by the end of the year; we can make it happen. I do not expect you to learn the way I was taught (although if you want a strict regimen, I can provide that). I am a big believer in motivating you in the way that helps YOU succeed. I promise I am patient, pleasant and enjoy my job; you have nothing to be afraid of.

*** What I expect from you ***
I expect my students to practice; it is a crucial requirement for progress. Piano will require your time, energy and self discipline. Please respect my schedule; if you need to cancel, do so in the appropriate time frame. Most importantly, I want you to communicate honestly with me about your goals and if you want to readjust the "lesson plan," tell me. I am here to help you learn.

*** Equipment ***
I own a 1942 Kimball Consolette piano. She's old but she has soul. I have a variety of sheet music I can share. Please bring your workbooks/sheet music to every lesson. I have pencils (we mark in our music!) and a metronome. It is useful to download a metronome app on your phone for practice at home.

*** My Studio ***
I teach in a loft style condo with floor to ceiling windows. I do not have a private, designated seating area for parents but there is a lobby for anyone who needs to wait during a lesson time.

*** Specialties ***
I am a classically trained pianist who competed in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area for 15 years. I was trained to perform and compete only, playing songs that were required by competition guidelines. I participated in everything: Jazz, Sonatina, State, Solo, Ensemble, Regional, Hymn, you name it! This also means my "specialty" is classical music (Mozart, Bach, etc.)
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Stacey July 6, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Fun!
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Tara May 26, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Whitney is a-mazing! She has a great ability to assess individuals' skill levels, strengths and weaknesses, and provides meaningful feedback and suggestions on how to improve. Whitney is super patient, very positive, encouraging, and thoughtful about her instruction and guidance. She's a joy to work with and I highly recommend her!
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Ashley P. November 18, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
First class was great
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Whitney H.

Whitney H.

Dallas, TX 75201
(11)
starting at
$40 / 30-min
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Michael E.

Dallas, TX

About Michael

My name is Mike E. I am a resident of Lake Highlands. I played by ear for eleven years before starting training on music and how to teach by Mr. Terrill Gardner. Terrill took me through music from the Rolling Stones all the way through "Modern Method for Guitar" books I, II, and III from Berklee College in Boston. He was my mentor and taught me a method that he spent thirty years perfecting. It works, guaranteed. He also taught me on bass guitar and banjo. I can help you.

Lessons are customized to meet the needs of the individual, with the primary focus on playing songs as soon as possible.
I am talking about playing along with the pros, not reading notes for months and playing "Mary Had a Little Lamb." I have combined my "by ear" knowledge with Terrill's training to provide a unique approach to music, chords, music theory, ear training, and more. Even piano lessons start with learning chords. Chords are what the musicians play behind the vocals.

Give me thirty minutes of your time and I will show you why students keep coming back to me, even after stopping for a while.

*** Lesson Details ***
Note Reading provided on request only.

Beginner Guitar - We start with simple chords and eight easy one-verse songs. These teach chords, timing, hand technique, ear training, song construction, and the start of music theory.

Intermediate to Advanced Guitar - all of the above plus tablature, different styles, advanced chord theory, performance, lead guitar, and more.

Beginning Piano - We start with simple chords and go straight into the songs the students like. These teach chords, timing, hand technique, ear training, song construction, and the start of music theory. I can teach you every major chord on piano in one sentence.

Bass Guitar - We start with learning the location of notes on the neck and move immediately into major chords so you can start playing with songs. The chords are divided into their single notes, but viewed as chords because that is what the other musicians are playing during the vocals.

Banjo - I teach from the book "I Can Teach Myself Banjo" but you really need a teacher/mentor to show you all the things that seeing and being able to ask questions covers that just can't be covered in a book.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Piano, amplifiers, cords, computer, free WiFi, all in a spacious room with a window for parents to view the teacher and student. Parents have a large, comfortable waiting area. Restrooms and water fountain provided.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in mentoring, being a friend as well as a teacher. I have never gotten mad at a student and never will.

I have written three books on chord theory, "Chordmaster Chord Theory for Keyboard," "Chordmaster for Beginner Piano Students," and "Chordmaster Chord Theory for Guitar." You can learn more about these online.

You can read my article for Takelessons.com at http://takelessons.com/blog/lead-guitar-tips. Just paste the address in your browser.
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Bill B. September 8, 2016
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Mike was on time. His studio is very professional. He listens well. Our first lesson was great. I am looking forward to next week.
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Tom August 4, 2016
Guitar · In studio
Mike Ellis is amazing! I always wanted to play guitar and now, at 65, I’m learning.
Mike makes learning guitar easy – and fun! He matches his teaching style to your goals. If you want to master the guitar, he can teach you. If you just want to learn some techniques and how to play your favorite songs, he can teach you. There’s no pressure. Mike will work at your pace.
Everyone’s life is getting busier and busier. Mike understands schedules can change. If I need to reschedule my standing lesson time, he’s very accommodating and flexible.
Lessons are held in a nice, quiet studio.
Thank you, Mike, for helping me learn to play and for making my lessons so enjoyable. I look forward to it every week.
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Madhavan R. August 1, 2016
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Michael is an awesome teacher! His passion for music and teaching easily translates into an enriching experience for students of all types and varieties. Not only does Michael help his students refine their playing skills, but he also encourages a fuller appreciation of music (and music history) along with an advanced foundational and holistic approach to music theory.
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Michael E.

Michael E.

Dallas, TX 75238
(15)
starting at
$25 / 30-min
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Hillary C.

Richardson, TX

About Hillary

Hillary C. has been singing since joining the Sunrise Singers in elementary school. While singing in various choral groups, she also took private lessons to develop proper vocal technique. Her own students will appreciate the classical training she received as well as musical theater styles she has learned over the years.

At Washington and Lee University, Hillary participated in University Chorus, Chamber Singers, an a cappella group, and performed in musicals on stage. She studied music history, performance, and theory. Hillary earned a Bachelor of Arts in Music, Vocal Production and recei
ved the Choral Award upon graduation. She has performed with the St. Louis Symphony Chorus, Dallas Symphony Chorus, and Incarnation church choir.

Hillary also studied piano for seven years during which time she won theory awards and was the star pupil of her studio. She recently began a piano pedagogy class for continuing education credit.

Students under Hillary's tutelage can expect to gain an appreciation for classic works, learn basic music theory and ear training, and understand proper keyboard or vocal technique. She believes success comes from loving music and working hard to perform well.
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Lydia P. April 8, 2016
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Hillary is such a positive person and was so patient with my first time singer.
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Orion O. June 7, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Hillary was very good with my 4 year old. He was reluctant at first, but she was able to bring him around and he ended up loving his lesson. He was so happy he called daddy and grandma on the way home to tell them about it.
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Hillary C.

Hillary C.

Richardson, TX 75080
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starting at
$15 / 15-min
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Juan J.

Dallas, TX

About Juan

Do you feel stuck with your instrument, overwhelmed with all the information you can access, not sure which is the right direction to get to the next level you desire? I’ve been through that, and I can help you meet you goals, leave frustration behind and have fun!
I’m a music passionate and guitar player for 25 years, with interest in all type of music styles and playing. My goal is to improve your instrument and musical knowledge, but especially to help you have as much fun as possible with it. BEGINNERS ARE VERY WELCOMED !!!I adjust my teaching method and techniques to your goals, besides
style and preferences. Acoustic and/or electric, blues, rock, fingerstyle, composition basics, the music theory grounds to play better, and much more! I support my work with YouTube, a few books according to your style and lots of backtracks, self-recording and tailored methods to achieve your success. Let’s give it a try!
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Steve August 29, 2016
Acoustic Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Juan is an extraordinary teacher. My son Nick is a 14-year-old with no previous guitar experience. Before Nick's first lesson, Juan learned as much as he could about Nick's musical interests, and his goals for guitar.

From the get go, Juan has been a hit with Nick. Juan is always positive, but he quickly hones in on areas where Nick is struggling and gives Nick new ways to overcome the problem.

Juan works very hard. He goes way above and beyond expectations. First of all, most of his lessons go beyond the 45 minutes for which we pay. But Juan's work with Nick in person is only a fraction of the work he does to help Nick learn. After every lesson, Juan drafts a thorough e-mail describing what happened in the lesson, and what Nick should be working on during the next week. He attaches files to the e-mail to help Nick with his practice. Then, on top of all that, Juan also takes the time to prepare short teaching videos specific to songs on which Nick is working. Nick can then play along with the videos on his own time.

I wholeheartedly recommend that you hire Juan to learn guitar.
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Marla P. August 20, 2016
Ukulele · Online
Verified Student
First lesson. I think this is going to be much fun to learn. Juan is very specific about his student learning songs that will keep interest going. Can't wait to continue!!! :)
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Violeta T. August 17, 2016
Ukulele · Online
Verified Student
Excellent teacher, very professional dedicated and patient I will recommended 100%.
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Juan J.

Juan J.

Dallas, TX 75204
(14)
starting at
$22 / 30-min
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Eric F.

Dallas, TX

About Eric

Puerto Rican Clarinetist, instructor and Army Veteran with a proven record in excellence both as a private instructor and as a performer. Mr F has played as principal clarinet in world renowned venues like the Soul Art Center, Nihon Budokan and the Hyogo Performing Arts Centers.

Fluent in Spanish, Portuguese and English
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Rico September 12, 2016
Music Theory · In studio
very knowledgable and has a passion that has been gained through travel, work, and his own intellect of the instrument.

from jamming in his car, to practicing at his loft... you leave with a greater understanding of fingerwork technique, andthe life in the notes
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Gina September 12, 2016
I worked professionally with Eric for two years and always marveled at his knowledge, professionalism, and talent. He has a very extensive background in teaching and performing and would be an asset to anyone who chooses to study with him.
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Mike September 11, 2016
Clarinet · In studio
Great teacher. Very professional!
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Eric F.

Eric F.

Dallas, TX 75203
(3)
starting at
$20 / 30-min

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