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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 moved to Asheville, NC where I am a private voice and piano instructor, as well as a music director at a church. I also teach and work with private clients as well as doing Masterclasses and performing with the Asheville Lyric Opera.

*** 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. I also work with the individual on a personal level, on incorporating artistic and personal style into the music-making process.
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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
$25 / 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 instructor with over 25 years teaching experience, and 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
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starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Jeff C.

Asheville, NC

About Jeff

Majoring in classical guitar performance at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts I was a part of many performance opportunities. These included solo guitar recitals, a collaboration with the Columbia City Jazz Dance Company, a performance at the Columbia Museum of Art, and songwriting showcases. For the past 3 years I've been writing music with the Alternative Rock group Salem Lake and working on a solo project called Brother to the Sun.

With a diverse background in many different playing styles, I teach lessons in voice and three different types of guitars: electric, acoustic,
and classical guitar. In a lesson with me you will be focusing on four main areas: repertoire, music theory, improvisation and technique.

Repertoire is simply the songs you are working on in preparation for performance.

Music theory provides ear training, note-reading and sight-reading skills, and knowledge of how music works (theoretically).

Improvisation drills your solo skills which in turn increases your confidence when jamming with other musicians.

Lastly, technique is how to hold the guitar and how to use the left and right hands in a way that that is relaxed and tension free. With voice it entails learning how to breath properly, prevent vocal strain, and expand your range.

In addition to these areas of study, I also offer songwriting and audio recording lessons for more advanced students.
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Jeff C.

Jeff C.

Black Mountain, NC 28711
starting at
$20 / 30-min
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Tristan E.

Weaverville, NC

About Tristan

Tristan is an experienced instructor, pianist, composer, arranger, and producer. Tristan has a Master's degree in Music from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, CA, has written music for award winning films and commercials, and has toured the country playing in world class venues and recording in world class studios.

Tristan has more than five years experience teaching piano lessons to kids and adults of all ages, and can also teach music production with Logic Pro software, composition and arranging, and music theory. He is comfortable teaching Classical music, but also excels
in the areas of Jazz, Rock, Pop, Funk, Latin, etc.

Tristan is a laid back and easy going individual that makes the learning process fun, and nurtures a true passion and enjoyment of music as an art form. He has years of experience working with children and adults of all ages and from numerous different backgrounds, and easily adapts to fit the student's individual needs.
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Tristan E.

Tristan E.

Weaverville, NC 28787
starting at
$20 / 30-min

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