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Bethany P.

Austin, TX

About Bethany

I started playing the violin when I was 7. I had the best violin teacher, and she took me through the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music, grades 1-7, and theory. When I went to college I studied under Charles Mutter (then leader of Edinburgh's string quartet) and Tristan Gurney - both very accomplished and well-known violinists in the UK. I hope to bring what I have learned from these three to my students, with my own flare. I have played in a few orchestras - West Dunbartonshire Senior Schools orchestra, Glasgow Senior Schools String Orchestra, Clydebank High School's string ensem
ble, choir and windband, and the University of Edinburgh Napier's Chamber Orchestra. Orchestras are where I learned to have a passion for music and to really appreciate what being a musician was all about.

In around Austin I sit in regularly with acts such as Gashcat (Kyle Craft) and Wild Bill, and play in a band called My Russian Princess where I get to not only play my violin, but sing and play a synthesizer. I also perform in a duet with Meggan Carney where I sing harmonies and play accompanying violin parts.

*** Lesson Details ***
I am not an uptight teacher, but I do believe in working hard to achieve success. I like to give my students a music notebook with goals listed in it, so that they know what I expect them to have tried to grasp for the next lesson. For beginners, I usually like to work through Essential Elements for violin as it is simple to understand, and has some familiar tunes and nursery rhymes which are easy to pick up. As the student grows, we will tackle more difficult pieces. I mostly teach classical and fiddle music, but have branched out to jazz, rock and some country when specifically asked to.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Front Room: couch, coffee table, rocking chair, one cat,various instruments and accessories (organ, drum kit, guitars, ukuleles, amps, mics/stands etc), parents can sit in on lesson, or on patio in the back yard.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can provide books to be purchased, and bring my violin and music stand. They will provide their own violin.

*** Specialties ***
Classical, Baroque, fiddle.
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Matthew Jackson May 29, 2015
Violin · In studio
Verified Student
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Arlette L. August 25, 2014
Violin · In studio
Verified Student
My daughter is learning to play the violin. Bethany is extremely patient, kind and paces the lessons nicely. We'll continue to take lessons with Bethany.
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Arati S. July 26, 2014
Violin · In home
Verified Student
Caring and responsive teacher. Daughter enjoys her lessons!
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Bethany P.

Bethany P.

Austin, TX 78745
(5)
starting at
$27 / 30-min
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Tara G.

Austin, TX

About Tara

I graduated from University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA! I received a BFA in Musical Theatre. What a change that was to go from Texas to Philly! I auditioned for many different schools, and know what it takes to get there. I then moved to New York City 2 days after graduating, on my 22nd birthday! I had 13 wonderful, and also challenging, years in NYC. Lots and lots of auditions, of every kind! Broadway, Off-Broadway, TV, Soaps, Film, Commercials, Concerts, Readings, Showcases, etc. I have sung for ABBA (Mama Mia), Stephen Schwartz (Wicked), Hal Prince (Gypsy). I was also up for lead
s in Mama Mia, Wicked, Rent, Hairspray. So, I definitely have a lot of versatility, and knowledge of what they're looking for! I did a Eugene O'Neil play called "Ah Wilderness" at the Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis, MN. We opened there, and then toured it all over the Midwest for 6 months. I did appear on NBC's Law & Order as a featured role, with the late Jerry Orbach. Lot's of experience, lot's of knowledge, and I'm excited to share it with you!

*** Lesson Details ***
I like to teach in a laid back manner. That's not to say that I don't expect you to work too though! I don't necessarily teach one specific method. I feel like if you can get ALL the information, and different methods, then you can choose what best works for your voice , or your piano playing. I want my students to feel comfortable and safe to explore all different facets of their talent. After all, the little imperfections are what make us all unique!

*** Studio Equipment ***
I have a keyboard, among many other instruments! My husband uses those, I use the piano. There's definitely a comfortable living room, for the parents or caregivers to sit and wait.

*** Travel Equipment ***
If I go to the students house, they must have a piano, or keyboard. I can bring books of music.

*** Specialties ***
I can teach any style of singing! I majored in Musical Theater, but I sing everything. I played piano for 10 years. I have many many years of music theory lessons! I had surgery on my vocal chords, back in 1995, and had 4 years of speech and vocal therapy, so I have lots of experience with that as well. I don't use a specific method with my acting. It depends on what they would want to work on! I have many books of music, and music theory, and piano learning. In terms of learning piano, I would start with scales, and chords, and learning the right hand, then the left.
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Stephanie C. June 24, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Tara's instruction is bae. Even an old fart like me is exploring the world of vocal performance without stigma in her concentrated, fun lessons.
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Meggan W. June 8, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Tara is so personable and inspiring! She is warm and kind, and my daughter looks forward to seeing her every week. She is wonderful with kids and makes my girl feel special, really bringing out her best, helping her feel more confident and pushing her to try new songs and techniques. We love working with Tara!
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yujuin Y. June 7, 2015
Singing · In home
Verified Student
Tara is a wonderful instructor. Her method of showing me how to sing has been more like helping me stand out. She also is good in making sure that you don't take things too fast as far as breathing exercises come, and how you sing.
Music and singing are there to regurjitate your voice as well as your how your mind, your heart and who you are. Take it as an exercise, or better yet, something that will help you become something better in life.
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Tara G.

Tara G.

Austin, TX 78745
(13)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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James C.

Austin, TX

About James

I have been performing, recording, and teaching music for the past five years. After getting a degree in music theory, I began playing with a band full time. In addition to playing all around Austin, I have traveled to places like Seattle, Nashville, and Waikiki to play shows, record, and interview with with my band on live radio. Songs from our album were played on Austin's own KGSR. We also played on Fox 7's morning show, Good Day Austin. I enjoy playing and teaching a variety of instruments and a variety of genres. To me, understanding music is key to unlocking your full potential for ar
tistic expression. When I teach, I incorporate both what I learned in school and on stage.

*** Lesson Details ***
My goal is not to teach my students how to play a few cool songs on their instrument. Rather, my aim is to develop the knowledge and skills in them that will take them to the next level in their playing. Whether they are beginners or have been playing for years, whether young or old, there is always more to be discovered and experienced! I want to see my students become musicians, who never stop learning and growing. In my lessons, I try include a balanced blend of Music Theory (understanding how it works), Ear Training (learning to play by ear), Practice Exercises (developing speed and coordination), Sight Reading, Improvisation (learning how to jam!), & Song Writing.

*** Studio Equipment ***
The In-Studio lessons are taught in the finished garage with sound foam, piano, record display, drum set, guitars, and seating. No pets.

*** Travel Equipment ***
They need to have their own drum kit, metronome, sticks. I will provide curriculum and other various resources.

*** Specialties ***
Blues, rock, country, contemporary worship, sight-reading and performance.
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Alan A. January 26, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
James is an excellent instructor! As a beginner student, he worked with me to pin down my goals and tailored the lessons to fit me personally. He's great at many different instruments beyond piano, and this expertise allows him to explain music beyond just the notes on the page. He really helped me enjoy the lessons and feel like I've made great progress despite being a novice.
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Beverly N. December 3, 2013
Piano
Verified Student
We are very pleased with his progress so far.

Joshua started piano lessons with James in May, 2013. He has already learned to play numerous songs, and he has learned a great deal about different keys and chords in each key. James is very patient and utilizes every minute of our 30 minute lesson to cover as much as possible. Joshua likes and respects James a lot and looks forward to his piano lesson every week. Thank you James for being a great teacher!
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James C.

Austin, TX 78747
(2)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Adam P.

Austin, TX

About Adam

I've been involved with music in some capacity pretty much from the get-go, whether as a player, a teacher, a sound engineer, or even building and repairing instruments. Music is my passion, and has been a source of many wonderful things in my life, and I hope that I can pass that on to my students.

I initially took up bass guitar when I was 10 years old, then moved on to electric guitar within a couple of years. With help from a teacher, I developed my skills simply by learning how to play my favorite songs, and this is the same approach I like to take with my own students. I eventually
went back and learned a lot of the theory behind what I was doing, but playing along with records was what made it fun and kept it interesting for me. Being a technical sort of guy, I studied audio production in college, then spent more than a decade in Chicago, working steadily as an engineer, both in studio, and in live sound reinforcement. The cold winters there broke me, though, so I made my way to the warmer, more relaxed environs of Austin.

In 2004 I began learning to play pedal steel guitar, and it quickly became my primary instrument as I found myself playing out regularly with several Chicago-based country and western outfits, as well as rock bands that were looking to add a very unique sound to their mix. It certainly isn't the most common instrument around, but it's a ton of fun to play, and I get very excited about showing it to others.

In addition to teaching guitar and steel guitar, I operate my own piano tuning and repair service, AP Piano Service. Ironically, I don't actually play piano, but I've got great ears and a knack for fixing things, so if you've got a piano sitting around the house in need of a tuning, well, that's an added bonus.

*** Lesson Details ***
Whether you're starting from the very beginning, or if you already play a bit and want to brush up and learn something new, I'm happy to teach students of all abilities and ages. My lessons are tailored to fit each student's current skill level, yet still be challenging. At the end of the day, I want my students to have fun while they're playing, and then to feel that they've accomplished something great when it comes time to put down their instruments.

I start beginners off with the basic fundamentals, and a few exercises just to get their fingers moving. You gotta crawl before you can walk, right? Very quickly, we move on to some simple chord shapes and apply them by learning songs that the student knows and loves. From there we progress at whatever pace is comfortable for the student, gradually adding more chords and progressions, learning riffs and lead lines, etc... Along the way, I like to pepper lessons with a bit of basic music theory, just so that students can get a little better grasp of what they're doing and how it all works. By no means does that have to involve endless hours spent practicing scales. That's all great for advanced musicians, but I feel that learning to play songs is far more productive for less experienced students. Music is like any other language, and I think it's fair to say that most people first learn to speak before they learn the rules of spelling and grammar.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I have numerous acoustic and electric guitars in my home studio, as well as amplifiers, cables, etc. Students are welcome to use my equipment, if they choose.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Depending on the student and the styles of music that we're studying, I either bring along my own acoustic guitar or an electric and a small practice amplifier, along with the necessary cables, picks, and other accessories.

*** Specialties ***
Classic and modern Rock 'n' Roll, Pop, Country and Western, Folk, Lap Steel, Pedal Steel.

In addition to regular 6-string guitar, I teach 6, 8, or 10-string lap steel and pedal steel.
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Alisa A. May 30, 2013
Guitar
Verified Student
Great teacher!

My 9 year old daughter is taking guitar lessons with Adam. She looks forward to her lessons and enjoys them. Adam is very reliable and comes to our house on time. I have seen her progress very quickly and love the way he clearly explains things to her. As she puts it "Adam makes guitar learning fun."
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Adam P. May 26, 2013
Guitar
Great instructor.

I enjoy my lessons with Adam, it is clear that he has a passion for music. We go over the basics, but he also includes songs that I want to learn. He is professional, and his home studio is comfortable, with plenty of guitars to try out. Of course, his two cats are named after country stars, Patsy and Loretta. I am comfortable asking questions, as a student that needs a lot of explanation, he is patient and creative in making sure that I understand the aspects of a tune. I highly recommend Adam.
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Adam P.

Adam P.

Austin, TX 78748
(2)
starting at
$25 / 30-min
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Alex C.

Spicewood, TX

About Alex

I am a two-time GRAMMY nominated Music Educator (2014, 2015), Schecter Guitar Research endorsee, and I play/teach 6, 7, 8, and 9 string guitars. I have an Austin Music Award for Best Teen Band of 2007, and was the youngest person to be inducted into the Progressive Rock Hall of Fame at the age of 17. I have performed with notable acts like Three 6 Mafia, Oran "Juice" Jones, Kreator, Anthrax. I have been featured in Relics Magazine, as well as News 8 and Fox 7. I have performed at NAMM while endorsing Dan'l Guitars and I have performed at SXSW since I was 16. I am a Berklee College of Music alu
mni, and I am a signed Warner Bros. Records recording artist.

*** Lesson Details ***
I have been teaching professionally for 7 years and have given private and group lessons to hundreds of students. I emphasize on building a specific lesson plan to fit the students and their needs. I am a firm believer in that learning should be smooth and relaxed, so I focus on combining a fun and educational environment to allow the student's inner musician to truly come out and breathe. The student and I will work on building a relationship between the feeling of music and how it all fits together. Lessons include learning songs, music theory, instrument technique, music history, and instrument maintenance.
The student could be a musical genius, but without the proper technique to execute the ideas, the student will hit a brick wall. Likewise, the student may have amazing technique, but without the proper music education, the ideas will take longer to materialize. I am here to help the student avoid those brick walls and have fun learning and playing music.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I am endorsed by Schecter Guitar Research, but I own many beautiful models from other companies. They consist of a 1954 Fender Stratocaster (The Relic), Epiphone Les Paul, Ibanez Voltage acoustic, 1943 spanish classical, J. Reynolds Stratocaster copy, Martin Stinger SBX Bass, Yamaha spanish classical, Dan'l Pfazer, Dan'l Muse-XY, Epiphone Mandobird, Schecter Diamond Series Hellraiser FR, Schecter Diamond Series Hellraiser C-7 FR, Schecter Diamond Series Hellraiser C-8, and an Agile Intrepid 925.

I play on Kustom, Peavey, Fender, Roland, and Vox amps and I have a Boss GT-100 multiple effects processor, BOSS GT-8 multiple effects processor, BOSS ME-50 multiple effects pedal, Morpheus Droptune, BBE Boosta Grande, FAB Chorus, BOSS FS-6, and a Jim Dunlop Cry Baby Classic Wah Pedal.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide amplification and cables provided their instrument is electric. Otherwise, I typically expect the student to provide their own instrument. I do accept some exceptions.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in teaching instrument technique, music theory and music history, as well as several different styles. What I have taught in the past includes rock, blues, country, jazz, metal, flamenco, and pop.
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Bill H. March 13, 2014
Guitar
Amazing Teacher!

I started taking lessons with Alex after previously taking them with a different teacher. It turns out that my technique was flawed and Alex was quick to correct it. After working with him for just a few lessons, I was already seeing improvement. Alex is very patient and helpful. I never feel embarrassed to play in front of him as I did with my previous teacher. I definitely recommend Alex!
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Shauna L. March 7, 2014
Guitar
The Perfect Teacher!

Alex got me really into the passion of music, all the while fulfilling my desire to really learn the guitar. He approaches every lesson with complete patience and guidance. I am now able to learn songs on my own, understand the theory behind chord changes and scales, and I find the beauty in knowing what music really is!
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Alex C. March 4, 2014
Guitar
I finally understood music!

Alex helped me reach my goals as both a guitarist and composer. He took me from having no idea about how scales are made and their use. I now play lead guitar in a rock band and I actually understand what I'm doing on stage and in the industry.
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Alex C.

Alex C.

Manchaca, TX 78652
(3)
starting at
$35 / 30-min

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