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Desiree S.

Pittsburgh, PA

About Desiree

I'™m excited to be a TakeLessons instructor and to be able to share my experience and knowledge with you. I have been a singer and performer for over 20 years and have taught voice and beginning piano for six years.

I received a Master of Music in Vocal Performance from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Rhodes College in Memphis, TN. I continued my studies in New York City in voice, acting and diction.

I continue to be an active performer specializing in musical theater, opera and concert. I began my professional career a
s an apprentice with the Portland Opera in Oregon. Since then, I have appeared with opera companies and orchestras throughout the United States and abroad and am a frequent guest vocalist and recitalist.

Recently, I performed with Alia Musica here in Pittsburgh premiering works by local composers and created the role of Pamela in the premiere of TOOWHOPERA by composer Sorrel Hays in Rome, GA. On the concert stage, I have recently appeared with the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Orchestra, Chattanooga Symphony Orchestra, Chattanooga Bach Choir and CreateHere'™s Hops and Opera.

Highlights of my performances include Queen of the Night in Die Zauberflote with West Bay Opera, Stockton Opera, Opera San Jose and Pocket Opera, Despina in Cosi fan tutte with Mission City Opera, Blonde in Abduction from the Seraglio and Yvette in La Rondine with Pocket Opera, Cunegonde in Candide with Arena Stage in Washington, D.C. Other roles include Rosa Bud in The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Abigail in The Crucible, Mabel in The Pirates of Penzance, Zerlina in Don Giovanni, Madame Herz in The Impresario, Lucy in Threepenny Opera, Monica in The Medium, and Pamina in The Magic Flute.

I was a featured performer in a series of concerts in Europe, South America, and Australia aboard Cunard'™s Vistafjord and Royal Viking Sun.

I was named a world finalist in the Luciano Pavarotti International Voice Competition, a regional finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, a semi-finalist in the Jenny Lind Competition and a regional winner in the MacAllister Competition.

*** Lesson Details ***
Whether it is preparing for a competition, an audition or a role for the school play, I enjoy helping students of all ages reach their goals. I structure the curriculum to the individual needs of my students, focusing on healthy vocal technique, musicianship, stage presence, and joy in music.

During your first lesson, you will sing various vocalises to determine how you negotiate the changes in registration, what your vocal range is, and what you have to work on to improve your vocal quality, stamina, and flexibility.

If you do not see an available time, please call Takelessons. I sometimes have availability that is not visible on my calendar.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Living Room: baby grand, couch, chair, bench, small table, adjoining dining room where parents can wait.
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Barry S. July 1, 2014
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
She has helped me tremendously! We have a good time learning and laughing during my lessons with her. She had also helped me to stop listening to what others think about my voice and focus on believing in myself as I learn and progress. Risks l thanks
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Michelle R. March 11, 2014
Singing
Verified Student
Desiree puts the fun in fundamentals!

I decided to take voice lessons for pleasure as a hobby to keep my mind off of the stresses of daily life. I had a lot of confidence issues to get over when I started taking lessons with Desiree; mainly because I didn't want to embarrass myself like those people I make fun of on American Idol. Her non-threatening teaching style has been the perfect fit for me...although she does raise her voice at me when I judge myself too harshly, but I won't count against her ;) My confidence has soared and I feel that I'm a much bolder and more comfortable singer. I’m enjoying every minute of discovering my voice with Desiree. I've still got some work to do but I'm confident she'll help me reach my goals.
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Lauralee M. March 6, 2014
Verified Student
Voices are a Gift

Desiree has helped my sister and I develop our vocal skills and work to our full potential. She has also helped us realize that our voices are a gift and we need to treasure them. Desiree has strengthened our confidence in signing in front of people as well as signing in general. She is more than just a teacher she is a role model and a person we feel we can count on.
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Desiree S.

Desiree S.

Pittsburgh, PA 15206
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$25 / 30-min
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Christian P.

Pittsburgh, PA

About Christian

My name is Christian and I am a recent graduate of Duquesne University with a degree Music Technology- Composition. While at Duquesne I also studied piano (classical and jazz), music theory and harpsichord. In 2010 I began teaching piano privately to students from ages 5-50. I am able to teach beginner to intermediate piano and music theory. Aside from classical music, I am also able to teach rock and improvisation.

*** Lesson Details ***
My lessons are always easy going and student oriented. I always allow the student to determine the pace of the lesson and progress, whether that is a var
iety of pieces to study or one at a time. For young beginner students, I use the Faber Piano "Adventure" Series and for adult beginners I use Alfred's "Basic Adult Piano Course." If the student has a different book they are more comfortable using, I am flexible with any edition.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Duquesne University Mary Pappert School of Music is An All Steinway School. Lessons will be held in practice rooms on campus with a selection of baby grand or upright pianos.

*** Specialties ***
Classical, Jazz, Improvisation, Rock Piano
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Shawna R. May 19, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Very patient and intelligent and explains everything in easiest terms. Also extremely talented.
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Christian P.

Pittsburgh, PA 15206
(1)
starting at
$15 / 30-min
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Anne S.

Pittsburgh, PA

About Anne

Thank you for looking at my profile! Teaching private music lessons is my absolute favorite thing to do. I tailor your entire lesson to your specific needs. Love Bach? Passionate for Duke Ellington? Broadway? Your lessons will be crafted to suit your interests. No boring scales required! I graduated from Mt. Lebanon High School and Northwestern University with a Bachelor of Music in Music Education. I've worked with students from ages 5-75 and enjoy all ability levels equally. I'm the Director of Music at a major downtown Pittsburgh church where I play organ, piano, and conduct the choir for
weekly services.  Outside of music I love roller blading, gardening, cooking, and chasing after my 2 yr old daughter. 

*** Lesson Details ***
I believe that we learn best when we are having fun. Lessons are fun and flexible, yet provide appropriate musical challenges for students to master. Piano students ages five and up will benefit from using Alfred's Basic Piano Library method books, supplemented with ear training and composition exercises. My favorite piano genres are Baroque, Classical, Musicals, Pop, Blues, and Jazz.  Vocal students should be age thirteen or older and typically begin by working on familiar folk songs to develop vocal strength, breath support, and technique. Ear training, diction, and stylistic decision making are all elements covered in vocal lessons. My favorite vocal genres include Broadway, Hymnody, Folk Songs, Jazz, German Art Music, and Italian Art Music. Whatever your musical taste - I will find quality literature to suit your needs.

*** Studio Equipment ***
A piano, MP3 speakers, recording ability, sibelius software and midi keyboard.

*** Specialties ***
Kodaly, Alfred's Basic Piano Library method books, baroque keyboards, improvisation, composition, jazz, gospel.
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Emilie G. February 12, 2014
Piano
Verified Student
Wonderful teacher

Anne is a wonderful piano teacher. She knows music incredibly well and makes you feel at ease right upon meeting her. She knows how to choose great music to fit your style and preference which I found to be a great attribute of hers. I recommend Anne to anyone who plays piano at any level!
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MaryKimH March 2, 2011
Zach's mom

Singing lessons with Anne is a great experience for Zach AND me. Being there for the lesson, I have learned a lot about what is involved in proper voice technique, and know Zach is learning from a warm, considerate and professional teacher.
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NancyB1 November 6, 2010
Singing Lessons

Anne presents a caring, relaxed atmosphere, which allows for a feeling of comfort while learning. She is patient and follows through with whatever personal help and tips are needed for my specific desires. I am extremely pleased with my experience with Anne.
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Anne S.

Pittsburgh, PA 15234
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$25 / 30-min
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Erin S.

Pittsburgh, PA

About Erin

Erin S. - Cello

I studied cello performance at Carnegie-Mellon University with Anne Martinadale-Williams, principal cellist of the Pittsburgh Symphony. I also studied with members of the Boston Symphony, the Chautauqua Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra and the Beaux Arts Trio. I have performed extensively around the country and in Europe, including New York City’s Carnegie Hall. In the Pittsburgh area, I have played with the Westmoreland Symphony, Altoona Symphony and spent several years as principal cellist of the Pittsburgh Philharmonic. I teach privately in the Pittsburgh area, where I
have maintained a teaching studio for over 18 years.

In addition to my classical career, I have extensive experience in rock, jazz, country and bluegrass and have been featured in over 50 recordings on cello, electric cello, upright bass and bass guitar.

Benefit from my decades of experience and there will be no limit to what you can learn!

*** Lesson Details ***
Most of my lessons follow a standard curriculum of etudes, pieces, bowing and position exercises, and duets. I allow my students a certain amount of freedom in choosing their "fun" pieces and often will transcribe popular songs that my students request. Anything from "Game of Thrones" to Macklemore to video game theme songs. I encourage all my students to learn music theory basics and improvisation skills, but I understand that improv is not for everyone and I don't push those who have no wish to learn it. I've had many adult students and understand how to teach those with limited practice time.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I have two cellos and a piano, music stand, and lesson books, but require students to bring their own cellos and books.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in teaching classical cello techniques and applying them to a wide range of musical genres. I also have had great success in teaching my students how to improvise.
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Adrian S. October 1, 2014
Cello · Online
Verified Student
Erin is in my opinion the best qualified cello teacher on this website. I have reviewed many other teachers and I have found her background and teaching methods the best. She is very patient and has a natural love for music and the cello.
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Erin S.

Pittsburgh, PA 15216
(1)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Amy C.

Pittsburgh, PA

About Amy

My name is Amy and I am a graduate of Slippery Rock University with a Bachelors Degree in Music. I studied Music Therapy and have experience working with kids, older adults, developmental disabilities and Autism Spectrum Disorder. I have been singing for 10 years, playing guitar for 9 years, and piano for 6 years. I have a passion for music and love sharing the love of music with others. All skill levels, learning styles and styles of music are welcome: classical, country, pop, rock, oldies, blues, etc. Whatever you like, we will play it! If you are a beginner, or have played before, I will as
sess where you are and start from there. Learn everything from basic fundamentals, locating notes on staff, building chords, identifying key signatures, scales and ear tunes, to complicated music theory concepts. I hope you choose me to help you begin your journey and love for music!

Studio Equipment:
Living room with a upright piano and seating area for parents.

Travel Equipment:
I would expect them to have a piano and a guitar at home.
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Natalie T. June 24, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Amy was great with my daughters. They are very excited for their next visit!
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Judy W. June 12, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Amy is a very patient teacher and I am enjoying our time together. If she has the same amount or confidence in the rest of her student as she has in me, then I'm sure all her students will learn successfully.
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Dustin G. April 13, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Amy was great and she is very flexible with her schedule which is nice. It was as good as a first lesson can be...now it's up to me to practice so she will have something to improve upon for next week!
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Amy C.

Amy C.

Pittsburgh, PA 15236
(6)
starting at
$25 / 30-min

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