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Michael F.

Austin, TX

About Michael

Hi I'm Mike!
I've been playing/teaching drums for over 20 years. I started out playing in Punk and Metal bands. I later got interested in Jazz which led me to the University of North Texas. I graduated there in 99 and boy did I learn a thing or two. Attending such a highly competitive school taught me a few things about learning new concepts and setting goals. I have since adopted a philosophy that yields results and have eliminated the "busy work" approach that most drum teachers use. My main interest is to see my students achieve their dreams!

*** Lesson Details ***
I'm a pretty
laid back teacher. I let student drive the intensity of the lessons. I have a few set goals that all my students must achieve but it is up to the student to determine how soon they meet them. After 3 months my students will be able to play a handful of songs chosen by them. They will also be able to play rudiments as wells as improvise with them on the kit. After 6 months a student should be able to learn drum parts by ear. At that point my students should also be able to take any memorized beats or fills and "remix" them spontaneously!

*** Studio Equipment ***
The In-Studio lessons are taught in a separate room which includes 2 drum sets and recording equipment. 1 dog kept separate. Seating available.

*** Travel Equipment ***
The student should provide a permanent space where the drums are located and either a video recorder or hand held audio recorder. The student must also provide a metronome capable of being heard over the drums.

*** Specialties ***
I concentrate on drum set. I teach lots of styles at any level. I encourage learning by ear before I teach reading.
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Russell C. October 28, 2015
Drum · In home
Verified Student
Mike is a great teacher that really understands how to pace his students. As an intermediate drummer, I have been taking lessons with him for a couple of months and really enjoy his style. He encourages improvisation rather than repeating patterns that any old goof could play. In a city where there are probably a lot of jokers trying to teach drums, Mike is one of the few that knows his stuff and knows how to cater to each unique student.
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Geoff A. March 30, 2015
Drum · In studio
Verified Student
Mike is an excellent teacher. Passionate and knowledgeable about all things drumming, and just a chill personality overall, unlike teachers I've had in the past. I find him very easy to work and communicate with. I live an hour away from Austin, and often have to reschedule lessons due to a hectic and unpredictable work schedule. Mike has always been flexible when needed, and very fair when it comes to cancellations. If I could, I would take lessons more often.
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Suellen L. November 21, 2014
Drum · In studio
Verified Student
I am thrilled to be working with Michael! I am a first time "OLDER" student who has never played the drums. Michael is an excellent teacher and I am very comfortable working with him! His personality and teaching style works great for me! I like his hands on learning approach and feel like I am moving forward at a good pace. I have only had three lessons, but so far so good! If you are looking for a drum teacher Michael is wonderful!
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Michael F.

Michael F.

Austin, TX 78752
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starting at
$25 / 30-min
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Brandon C.

Austin, TX

About Brandon

Brandon has been surrounded by music since a young age, having both parents as musicians. Brandon began his musical carrier playing the trumpet eventually branching out to piano, a little violin, composing, and conducting. He attended the University of Central Florida where he received a BA and MA in composition and conducting respectively.

While in Orlando, Brandon worked as a part of the A Gift for Music program teaching beginning violin to inner-city elementary school children. He was also the conductor of the A Gift for Music Core Orchestra, a group of very talented young string stude
nts. Brandon was also the Brass Instructor for a local Jr./Sr. High School where he taught trumpet lessons, coached brass ensembles, and accompanied students on the piano. On top of this Brandon also had a small studio in the area.

Currently Brandon is a graduate student at the University of Texas in Austin where he is studying composition.

*** Lesson Details ***
As a teacher I find the most important thing is to make sure the student has fun making music. I realize that everyone is different and I try to cater to the needs of the individual while still making sure that there is advancement in technique and musicianship. It is also a goal of mine to make sure that every students learns to practice without having someone ask them to do it.

I believe it is important to have a strong foundation when playing music. If that foundation is there it is easier to have fun making music and far less likely for a student to fail. For beginners I generally start with basic technique and gradually shift into playing pieces. If a student has been playing for a while, I will find out where they are in their musical journey and take it from there. I also try to focus on developing musicianship and individuality. I can not stress how important it is to not only have fun but to practice. It takes a great deal of dedication and effort to become a good musician.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can provide some music and small things like the occasional rosin or valve oil. I can also help students find rental venues for instruments. I would expect the students to have their own instrument/s and material to properly take care of the instrument. I would also expect them to keep the music we are currently working on with them.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in classical music though I can teach popular music and basic improvisation. I try to focus on expression and technique with students.
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Bella O. April 16, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Brandon is very punctual and is passionate about teaching and music. My 6 year old daughter loves her lessons! Thank you Brandon!
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Allison L. March 23, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Brandon is a fine pianist with exceptional knowledge in all areas of music. He has let me stay in my comfort zone of classical piano while helping me branch off into something i've never EVER tried: composition. Brandon is very methodical and will address every conflict he finds in your playing with a solution. He has a warm personality and is certainly the type of teacher you can have a conversation with. If you are seeking well-rounded lessons which target your weaknesses and make them strengths, Brandon is your guy
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Dianne R. February 2, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Brandon is very patient and breaks everything down so it's easy to learn!
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Brandon C.

Brandon C.

Austin, TX 78722
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starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Leanna L.

Austin, TX

About Leanna

Pianist Leanna L., 25, began her piano studies at age six and violin studies at age eight. At age 11, Ms. L. performed the Mozart's Piano Concerto no. 26 with the East West Symphony in Sydney, under the baton of Henryk Pisarek. Ms. L. has also soloed with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra and was invited to play at the City of Sydney Cultural Council Outstanding Performer's Concert in April 2008. She has placed in several Australian competitions and is a two-time winner of Sydney "Theme and Variations" Outstanding Pianist Award and a three-time finalist for the ABC Symphony Australia Young Pe
rformer's Award. In 2006, Ms. L. was one of three students honored by the Cultural Council at the Sydney McDonalds Arts Challenge. She made an appearance at the Sydney Opera House as a result of being awarded third place in the 2007 national Australian Higher School Certificate Music Extension course. In 2008 Ms. L. won the Werner Baer Memorial Award and the audience prize in the Cochem International Piano Summer Festival in Germany. Most recently, Leanna participated at the Banff International Piano Master-Classes in Canada last year.

Ms. L. studied with Margaret Hair in Australia and has made several appearances performing in the United States, Canada, Germany, Asia and Russia. She has also performed in master classes for Marc Durand, Gary Graffman, Robert Levin, Susan Starr, Jacques Rouvier, Richard Raymond and Sarkis Baltaian. Previously, Leanna attained a Bachelor of Music at The Colburn School Conservatory of Music in Los Angeles, California, where she studied with John Perry. At The Colburn School, she was selected to be a Teaching Fellow through which she had several young private students. She was also selected as a Teaching Assistant at Boston University, where she is pursued her Masters of Music Degree at Boston University with Professor Boaz Sharon. Currently, she is studying with Professor Anton Nel at the University of Texas, Austin, as a part of her Doctorate of Musical Arts. She is working alongside Professor Gilmson as part of the Piano Project and Teaching Assistantship at the Butler School of Music.
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Joshua H. March 27, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
She is great! !! Seems she has allot of patience. I am green as theyou come.
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Lauren L. March 22, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
excellent
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Jennifer Whitehill February 9, 2016
Violin · In studio
Verified Student
Very patient with me (and lots of positive feedback). I thoroughly enjoyed my lesson!
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Leanna L.

Austin, TX 78712
(10)
starting at
$35 / 30-min
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Derek V.

Austin, TX

About Derek

TEACHING MISSION: Capture the joy of playing music. Inspire continual playing and/or practice, regardless of student's lifestyle/career choices.
I start the first lesson with a student wish list (songs, goals, etc) and every lesson we take significant steps towards the goals.

Skills: Guitar/Mandolin/Piano/Bass/Banjo/Recording/DJ Technology

Education: B.M. Classical/ Jazz Guitar Performance, University of Colorado, 2003
B.S. Audio Engineering/ Production, Middle Tennessee State University, 1997

Teaching Experience:
-The Musicians Woodshed (Austin) Sept 2013- Present
-Brooklyn Music
Lessons (NYC) 2010-2013
-University of Colorado (Boulder) 2000-2010
-Naropa University (Boulder) 2007-2010
-The Lesson Studio (Boulder) 2005-2009

Performance Experience:
Freelance Musician/ Arranger/ Composer 2000-Present
I have played guitar, mandolin, bouzouki, keyboards, or bass in folk, classical,
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Marianne C. January 21, 2016
Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
As an 'older' beginner, Derek tuned into what it is I'm wanting and tailored my lessons perfectly!
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Mary A. December 3, 2015
Ukulele · In studio
Verified Student
Derek is very professional and friendly. Really knowledgeable about music, and he let me go at my own pace. Very patient! He's a great teacher!
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Nancy V. June 5, 2015
Ukulele · In studio
Verified Student
He's a kind person. He works with you for what you want to work at. He will introduce new things to your capacity.
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Derek V.

Derek V.

Austin, TX 78704
(5)
starting at
$35 / 30-min
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David M.

Elgin, TX

About David

Hello, My name is David. I have been playing lead trumpet, directing sectionals , teaching lessons, directing bands ect... for the last 15 years. My passion is in performing. I have been told, when I was learning, that it is simply not possible to be a musician anymore. This is simply not true. I teach from experience, with positivity and energy. My students love music, because I love music. I specialize in contemporary, rock, jazz styles of trumpet playing with an emphasis on lead tone and range. I have experience dealing with braces myself and as a lesson teacher. Please check out
my website (last name dot com) for a lot more information on who I am and what I have done.

Senior Year High School: Interlochen Art Accademy
College: Three years studying Jazz and contemporary Media (Eastman School of Music)
Work: 9 years working as Lead Trumpet and Musical Director for Royal Caribbean Int.
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David M.

David M.

Elgin, TX 78621
starting at
$30 / 30-min

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