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Laura S.

Sarasota, FL

About Laura

Of course you want an experienced, passionate, patient and compassionate teacher! Teaching is not my job; it is my calling and I am very good at it.

I have a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Education (1987, Ball State University) and a Master of Music degree in Voice (1994, University of South Florida). I've taught in public schools in Sarasota. Currently I am adjunct staff for State College of Florida (formerly Manatee Community College) teaching private voice and piano lessons and music appreciation classes.

My music studio has been serving music students in the Sarasota area since
1991.

All are welcome! Lessons are for students of all abilities. Some students come with just the desire to sing or play better for their own pleasure, others come with prior training, some are preparing for an audition and some even wish to make a career in music. Some people have come seeking help with their speaking voice for public speaking. My goal is to help my students meet and exceed their goals and have more life through the joy of music, to help them gain greater appreciation of music and increase their confidence both in music and in life!

*** Lesson Details ***
When a student and I first meet I ask the student what her/his hopes, goals, tastes and prior experience are. Then we talk about plans for achieving those hopes and goals.

Most of my students are studying music just because they love music and want to improve for their own benefit. Because of that, while I want students to progress, I am very patient. I understand that some weeks it's harder to find time for practice. I provide instruction and tools for growth, and show how to practice, then the students go home, use them and discover what works best for them.

Vocal lessons are tailored to each individual. Exercises include posture, breathing, diction, projection of the voice, unification of the voice, improvement of tone, range and flexibility. Healthy, beautiful singing is the goal. The confidence that goes along with that is amazing!

CDs with exercises and accompaniments are provided. And students can make CDs of their own performances!

Piano instruction is also tailored to the needs of each individual student. With young beginners I often use the "Faber" method. It has books for music theory, technique, lessons and performance. And students enjoy playing along with the Cd that goes with their pieces.

For older beginners, including adults, I often use the "Bastien, Older Beginner" or "Alfred, Adult Beginner". Both quickly teach melody and chord reading so that students can play more interesting pieces within a month. The lesson materials are supplemented by simple classical pieces or other music the student is interested in.

When a student comes in with prior training I continue with what she/he has been working on and adjust it as necessary. Literature for more advanced students is chosen with their abilities, technical and expressive needs.

*** Studio Equipment ***
The studio area is closed off from the rest of the house. There is a small seating area for parents which is separated by a screen from the lesson area. I have a Yamaha CVP-103 digital keyboard with weighted and touch sensitive keys, plus lots of different instrument sounds and beats to make playing and singing more fun. I can also adjust the pitch of songs so that they fit the student's voice. The keyboard is plugged into a Super Scope Cd recorder; a microphone is plugged in as well. This allows me to make recordings of accompaniments and practice exercises, as well as recording students' performances. (See below for photos.)

*** Specialties ***
I have been teaching professionally since 1987; I have Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Music. I discover the goals a student has and give them the tools to reach those goals. My teaching style is structured yet highly personalized for the individual. I teach music ranging from Classical to Popular always using the best techniques.
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Jewel December 14, 2015
Singing · In studio
Laura is a great voice coach for me. She is patient, knowledgeable, very helpful, does what is best for you, and is a great accompanist too.
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Samantha December 8, 2015
Vocal Training · In studio
My voice is really improving since I started taking lessons with Laura. She is a nice person and I enjoy working with her.
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Kent December 8, 2015
Piano · In studio
I've been able to learn basic piano as well as music reading is the past 18 months from Laura. At 70 years old, that's not a easy feat but she has great patience and a sound approach to keeping me on target. I highly recommend Laura and also encourage beginners in my age group to give it and Laura a try.
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Laura S.

Laura S.

Sarasota, FL 34235
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starting at
$28 / 30-min
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Joshua B.

Bradenton, FL

About Joshua

I want to share my passion and knowledge of music with you!

I've been involved with music for as long as I can remember, and was classically trained in piano for years as a young person.

I started teaching private lessons in 2003, and have worked in performance ensembles, recording studios, bands, and other assorted musical areas throughout that time.

I've gained teaching experience through summer camps, private instruction, workshops, and online curriculum.

*** Lesson Details ***
Lessons are tailored to each student's individual goals, and can be as interdisciplinary as they ma
y like. I am always open to suggestions from both parents and students, so let me know what I can do to make your lessons the best they can be.

A typical lesson would include some of the following elements:

- Hand stretches
- History and culture - info on influential composers & musicians.
- œReview - on previously learned material.
- Sight Reading
- œScales - review, learning, and performance.
- Solo Piece - continued work until mastery.
- Homework Assignment

*** Studio Equipment ***
-Digital Piano (with revolutionary "dual function" mode, allowing both my student and I to play simultaneously!)
-Assorted guitars for accompaniment (classical, electric, steel string acoustic)
-iMac desktop with Logic Pro 9 recording studio, and Garageband for instruction of MIDI and Production
-Mandolin
-Ukulele
-Djembe
-Bongos
-Shakers, tambourines, and other assorted instruments!

*** Specialties ***
Player, historian, and perpetual student in the areas of American jazz, blues, soul, r&b, and funk.
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Linn December 7, 2015
Piano · In home
My son (8) and daughter (6) have been taking piano lessons with Josh and they've both been having a lot of fun AND learning a lot. Josh keeps it light, but makes sure that his students are learning the theory needed to really progress. I would HIGHLY recommend Josh!!!
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Holly D. August 19, 2015
Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Josh has been the most kind and patient of any instructors I have ever had! He is knowledge-able, is always finding new ways to connect the right practice and knowledge with his students, and completely dedicated in making sure the student has fun! He is good with anyone of any age and music range and will always take the time to review. I sadly could not continue with him due to my schedule and inability to make the time to practice and attend lessons, but I would recommend him to any aspiring musician looking to enhance his/her musical abilities. You cannot get any better than Josh!
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Jill L. May 27, 2015
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Josh is a Great teacher! More patience with my son than I have at times! He was very good at explaining the basic concepts behind the lessons. Josh is always on time and ready to get started. I would highly recommend Josh to anyone that is interested in getting their kids started in music.
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Joshua B.

Joshua B.

Bradenton, FL 34205
(11)
starting at
$25 / 30-min
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Cheryl B.

Seminole, FL

About Cheryl

30 yrs as prof jazz/popular-style pianist in Chicago's country-clubs
and luxury hotels. 24 yrs as public-school elementary musicteacher
(MA in Music Ed degree).

35 yrs experience teaching all ages: from age 6 to 65.You choose want you want to learn! I make the theory easy to understand. Learning an instrument is fun and should be taught by people who love to teach and see progress.
I also write & publish my music books, General Music Curriculum.

LESSONS in my home or yours

*** Specialties ***
degree in Flute Performance also (BA degree)
SPECIAL NEEDS (exper as pub school mus
ic teacher)
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Maureen S. February 8, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Very patient and thorough.
Has extensive background in classical and popular music.
Helped me to expand my range of music interest.
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Leo P. January 18, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
WE ARE VERY IMPRESSED WITH CHERYL AND LOOK FORWARD TO A LASTING RELATIONSHIP FOR THE PIANO LESSONS
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Vlada B. March 14, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
She is an awesome piano teacher! She teaches very well. S
he is really nice and fun!
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Cheryl B.

Cheryl B.

Seminole, FL 33772
(4)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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David L.

Sarasota, FL

About David

David has over 35 years experience coaching people on piano. His clientele has included individuals of all ages and skill levels. In addition to offering the type of traditional piano lessons one might expect, Dave's special talents in the areas of creativity and improvisation along with having the ability to adapt to a student's personality and gear his instructional approach in a unique way have been responsible for his high student retention rate.

Dave has performed professionally for over 35 years so, when you enroll with his services, you can be assured that you've connected with a te
acher who has "been there done that." Where it can often be a challenge in locating that piano instructor who has both extraordinary teaching skills and playing ability, you can rest assured that you've got the complete package in Dave.

Dave welcomes both children and adults of all ages. His extensive experience along with his creativity and sense of humor make him your perfect choice.
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Pat C. August 22, 2015
Piano · Online
Learning piano just doesn't get any easier until you experience David's on line
lessons. I can't say enough about how quickly I learned using Dave's step by step explanations outlined in his videos. The part I like is I am able to stop the video and slide the video slider backwards to replay something I was experiencing trouble with. Ten stars if there is such a rating out there but if not I will give him a five star approval.
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Kay August 19, 2015
Piano · In studio
Highly recommended. David is an insightful teacher. Very professional!
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Ed August 15, 2015
Piano · In studio
Dave is a well studied piano teacher who can positively engage students in music theory and practice. His style is refreshing and unique. I highly recommend him.
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David L.

Sarasota, FL 34243
(6)
starting at
$35 / 30-min
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Tony W.

Bradenton, FL

About Tony

As a performer, music teacher and private lesson instructor I have worked with musicians with zero to lifetime experience and I have found that the most exceptional musicians are well rounded. This is achieved by developing students' abilities to listen to and understand their role in music, ear training, music theory, and sight reading. I believe that the private lesson is not just a time where students work on finger exercises and technique, it is also a time where we learn about history, culture, style and have a lot of fun! We get to challenge ourselves and make mistakes so that we can gr
ow into the best musicians that we can possibly be.

I have received a Bachelors in Music Education from University of North Texas and a Masters in Music Performance in Trumpet from Colorado State University.
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Ned February 5, 2016
Trumpet · In studio
My daughter took trumpet lessons with Tony during the 2012-13 schoolyear -- at the time she was working to master the basics of the instrument, and she benefited greatly under Tony's tutelage. I would give a strong recommendation for Tony to anyone who is considering him for trumpet instruction!
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Tony W.

Tony W.

Bradenton, FL 34208
(1)
starting at
$30 / 30-min

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