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Hillary T.

Asheville, NC

About Hillary

Hi, my name is Hillary and I am a singer, performer, and experienced voice teacher. I have over nine years of private and group voice teaching experience with students from ages 5-65, and over ten years of professional performing experience in the USA and internationally. I absolutely love teaching voice, and helping each student realize and develop their singing potential, while having fun along the way. I specialize in all types of singing repertoire and styles, and tailor lessons to each student's individual needs.

I graduated in 2014 with my Artist's Diploma in Vocal Performance an
d Pedagogy from the University of Miami, and previously graduated with my Master's of Music in Vocal Performance from the University of Miami in May of 2013, where I was also a Graduate Teaching Assistant. I received my Bachelor's of Music in Vocal Performance from Houghton College in Spring of 2011. I currently am also a church musician and soloist, and sing and gig professionally in the Miami area as well as in NYC. Most recently, I have begun working and singing in the Buffalo area as well, and have begun teaching voice lessons for a studio downtown. I am also a section leader and soprano soloist at a church downtown Buffalo as well.

*** Lesson Details ***
I am a fun-loving and passionate teacher and my love for music and singing is engaging. I have extensive knowledge of repertoire and styles for all ages, and aim to create an inspiring lesson environment for my students to feel comfortable to learn and grow in our music together. Depending on the level and experience of the student, I always focus on the basics including breathing and posture. We then pick fun and varied music to sing that is age-appropriate, yet fun, and we will most likely be working on a few songs at once.

The first lesson with you, I will check in to see where you are already at in your vocal studies, and we will discuss your goals with singing, and what you are interested in singing. This helps me tailor the lessons to your needs and develop a direction of where we want to go. I will also ask you to sing a small part of a song you love and are comfortable with. This helps me develop a teaching plan to suit your voice and your needs. I want my students to feel comfortable in their lessons, in an honest and uplifting atmosphere.

*** Studio Equipment ***
The in-studio lessons are taught in a room with a piano, laptop for recording, music stand, seating, and a mirror. No pets. Parking is open and free.

*** Travel Equipment ***
They must have a piano or keyboard in the home, and preferably a music stand.

*** Specialties ***
Integrated approach to vocal teaching and Pedagogy... I believe in classical technique with varied voice repertoire and style- Classical, contemporary, pop, theater, jazz, etc.
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Carmen C. May 4, 2015
Broadway Singing · In studio
Verified Student
She is wonderful!!
I was lucky enough to get Hillary as my vocal instructor and I loved it. She was very encouraging with my talent and pushed me forward to get better. It was also great to have the support of someone who is very knowledgeable of her craft and wanted to share that experience and let her students become better performers. She is what you want out of a vocal instructor because she is warm, kind, knowledgeable and knows exactly how to let your range expand.
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Phia L. February 2, 2013
Opera Voice
Sucessful Artists come from Amazing Teachers

A year ago I didn't even think I could sing but through weekly classes with Hillary, I am now singing arias and broadway songs. I have also gained a confidence to perform that I would not have gotten from a teacher who does not invest time and effort to help their students grow. Hillary is the type of teacher that takes a vested interest in her students and their future, always there to lend support. She's a true teacher and I could not recommend her enough.
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Hillary T.

Hillary T.

Asheville, NC 28803
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starting at
$35 / 30-min
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Laura S.

Asheville, NC

About Laura

Laura has taught throughout her musical career and loves nothing better than to introduce students of all ages to the magic of creating their own music. As a teacher, she focuses on a balance of inspiration and explanation. Inspiration: because if you don’t love your music, what’s the point? And technique: because if it’s easy to play and sounds good, you’ll keep coming back for more!

Laura has a BA in Violin Performance and a minor in American Roots Music from Berklee School of Music, has taught privately for eight years, and plays in several bands. Laura has taken firsts in her age divisi
on at several fiddle contests, including the California and Nevada Oldtime Fiddle State Champions, Western Open Championships and top 5 in the National Oldtime Fiddle Championships.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I provide sheet music for new tunes, stickers, and a basic fix-it kit for common instrument issues. I also try to keep backup books and a shoulder rest around at my studios so if someone forgets their equipment we can still make good use of the lesson.

I expect the student to provide their instrument, shoulder rest/end pin stopper, notebook, device for recording music, folder/binder for loose papers, and books. I don't require lots of books - just ones you'll really use.

*** Travel Equipment ***
See Studio Equipment, above.

*** Specialties ***
I love oldtime, bluegrass, country and celtic fiddle - most of what I do as a performer fits in along those lines. I teach Suzuki method violin as well. My Suzuki teacher learned directly from Shinichi Suzuki!

I also enjoy introducing a variety of instruments and styles to beginners of all ages - patience and enthusiasm make even the most beginning of songs a wonderful, worthwhile accomplishment!
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Jenny S. February 20, 2015
Fiddle · In studio
Laura is wonderful! She's totally inspired my daughter, who now walks around the house playing all our favorite fiddle tunes. There was one piece my dad in particular loves (Truck Drivin' Man) and Laura wrote it out for us. My daughter played it for her granpa's birthday, it was so sweet!
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Laura S.

Laura S.

Asheville, NC 28801
(1)
starting at
$20 / 30-min
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Stephanie Q.

Asheville, NC

About Stephanie

I am returning to private teaching, after completing several major projects, and eager to impart my fresh ideas to my new students here on TakeLessons!

I am a career musician, and conservatory trained violin and piano teacher, with a resume spanning many pages. I am a competition judge, member of National Music Teachers Association, and Suzuki Association of the Americas. I have proven results, as documented on my students YouTube channel. With my instruction, you will learn quickly and most importantly, correctly, saving you time and resources as you reach your musical goals. Fact:
One of the only activities that activates, stimulates, and uses the entire brain is music, so let's get started!

Some people have difficulty reaching a teachers' studio. For this reason, I have perfected my ability to teach via Skype or FaceTime. It is an advantage for my students to be instructed by a quality teacher. One of the advantages for me is that I can see what is going on bigger than in real life. It's worth a try, isn't it?

*** Lesson Details ***
All the students on my Student YouTube channel who have studied under three years, are practicing 2 hours a week, and you will have a similar result. That's 20 minutes a day, 6 days a week. Students under 5 practice about 10-15 minutes a day.

Please have an assignment book that lies flat, and keep it next to your music books as you practice between lessons. My instructions are very detailed to insure your best progress.

You will benefit most by booking your lessons in advance by the semester, or at least by the month. Frequent cancellations will result in dismissal, as I wish only to teach committed, sincere and serious students...don't worry, my lessons are fun, and you will enjoy my sense of humor!

*** Studio Equipment ***
For on-line lessons, you will need a quiet place, and please test your sound and video prior to beginning of lesson. For students under 13 or so, do have a parent or caregiver taking notes while we work together.

*** Specialties ***
I have much experience with various learning styles, and in fact, am featured in a documentary made of one of my autistic students.
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Gosia J. April 13, 2015
ESL · Online
Verified Student
I've chosen Staphanie as my teacher, because I needed someone who will really quickly help me make my English accent better. I took the fact that she is also a musician as a big advantage as I assumed she'll be able to hear all the false accentuation I make. In fact, if you want to work on your English skills, it's the best combination of skills.
It was really clever decision. Stephanie is able to explain things clearly and fast. Step by step, syllable by syllable, trains student how to speak properly. If you're ready to do your homework and want to see progress fast, Stephanie is perfect person to work with. And she is very kind, too!
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Pat F. February 3, 2015
Piano · Online
Verified Student
She is amazing, she was able to hear pitch over the internet connection and is wonderful in working with our son. I would highly recommend her.
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Mira M. September 19, 2014
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Stephanie is amazing. She is an excellent teacher and truly cares for her students. I have been taking lessons from her for a month now and really love it. She makes sure to explain things and makes it fun! She is an inspiration and I love doing my homework and always look forward to go to my lessons with her! Stephanie makes sure that her students will succeed in their goals. She is patient. It is up to us to really do our homework in order to achieve excellency which Stephanie provides for her students!
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Stephanie Q.

Stephanie Q.

Asheville, NC 28804
(5)
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$30 / 30-min
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Kent S.

Asheville, NC

About Kent

Kent has been playing drums for 16 years and performing for 14 of those years. In High school he was Drum Captain in the marching band and principle percussionist in wind ensemble. While in high school Kent studied under Hank Dempsey (former touring drummer with Dizzy Gillespie). He went on to study percussion for a number or years at Appalachian State University, studying with Dr. Robert Falvo and performing in many of the ensembles where he picked up the Tabla, a classical set of drums from India. Kent furthered his study of Tabla and North Indian Hindustani under Wiley Sykes, the princip
le percussionist of the Greensboro Symphony Orchestra. Kent currently lives in Asheville and works as a musician in multiple bands in the Asheville area as well as teaching lessons at Musician’s Workshop. Kent is a passionate and skilled drummer who has played on stage with many talented musicians, most notably Reese Wynans (organist for Stevie Ray Vaughn) and Joey Williams (guitar player for Ben Harper, Blind Boys of Alabama). With his 14 years of experience at his side, Kent is versatile and knowledgeable at a variety of techniques and styles necessary for a professional career in music. Kent can teach lessons from beginners to advanced players and focuses on teaching the tools to grow individually as a musician. With a realistic and practical approach, he teaches solid fundamentals alongside the finer points of being a well-rounded musician. Lessons are kept on topic but are always centered on the student having fun and experiencing the joys of percussion!
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Delise C. September 26, 2014
Drum · In studio
My daughter absolutely loves working with Kent. He provides a structured, enjoyable lesson. His comments are always encouraging and positive. His knowledge and style of teaching transferred well to my 10-year-old daughter. I would highly recommend Kent for anyone who want to play drums!

And Kent, thank you for helping her grow and cultivate this talent!
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Kent S.

Asheville, NC 28801
(1)
starting at
$20 / 30-min
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Kendra R.

Hendersonville, NC

About Kendra

I have a love of music that never grows thin. My studies initiated with a purely classical approach leading to the scholarships I received to further my education. Performing with various orchestras, musical theater, opera, and small ensembles fulfilled my childhood desires. Later in my career, I expanded my studying and performing in other musical genres that have included jazz, rock, blues, folk, latin and many more. Working with various talented musicians encouraged a new line of study in improvisation I hadn't acquired during my classical studies and performance. Provided with the opp
ortunity to study, perform, and record in classical and alternative styles has only increased my love of music and ability to reach my students at a more personal level.
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Heidi S. July 3, 2015
Violin · Online
Kendra has been tutoring one of my daughters for about 2-1/2 years, and tutored my other daughter for about 6 months. We have been extremely pleased with the progress they both have made working with Kendra. She is very good at identifying where a student needs to make corrections and does it in a way that is positive and easy to understand. She is excellent at helping students find their own voice - interpreting the music and infusing creativity and meaning into each piece. We really appreciate how she has individualized her teaching approach to each of my girls' needs and goals, and how she is always positive and enthusiastic about their progress. When Kendra moved out of state, we opted to continue lessons with her online rather than find a new local teacher because she has been (and continues to be) such a great instructor. I highly recommend Kendra as a violin/viola teacher.
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Kendra R.

Kendra R.

Hendersonville, NC 28792
(1)
starting at
$20 / 30-min

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