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About Denise R.

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Palm Springs, CA

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About Denise
I'€™ve always had a love for music. When I was 8 years old, I taught myself how to read music before my first piano lesson because I was so excited to learn. I continued taking piano lessons throughout my school days and became involved in choir in high school.

When I began college I decided to study business. I auditioned for choir and realized that my dream was to become a music educator. I graduated from Point Loma Nazarene University with a Bachelor of Arts in Music. I studied piano, voice, clarinet, and music education. I had a lot of experience playing the piano and singing that I decided to learn the clarinet and join the concert band so I could have band experience. I was also involved in hand bell choir and continued to perform with the choir after I graduated. After graduating, I taught piano at various private elem
entary schools throughout San Diego. I also had the wonderful experience of being the pianist and vocal soloist at my church. I am a substitute teacher and have the opportunity to work with students from preschool to high school and am able to use my knowledge of each age group and school curriculum in teaching music.

"Great works are performed not by strength, but by perseverance" - Samuel Johnson

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Lessons are tailored to each individual student'€™s needs. I think everyone is special and has their own unique way of learning and customized lessons should reflect that. I believe that music theory is important and I include that in lessons. For piano lessons I mainly use Alfred'€™s piano books. In each lesson I will demonstrate the necessary skills in order for the students to feel comfortable in taking the music home to practice. For voice lessons I include vocalizations, vocal technique, and song study.

I want students to have fun with music. I am very patient and I think it'€™s important to encourage and praise students. I hope to instill the desire to learn in each student.

"The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams." - Eleanor Roosevelt

*** Studio Equipment ***
Lessons in the living room, full size keyboard for piano lessons

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide a portable keyboard.
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Samara B. July 6, 2017
· Piano · In home
Very easy going and engaging. My granddaughter says that she really likes her better than her other teacher.
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Ryder May 26, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Denise is amazing my boys really love going to piano. She is so patient with them and great at teaching them.
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Ryder April 14, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Denise is amazing!! So kind and patient and my kids really enjoyed it.
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Denise R.

Denise R.

Palm Springs, CA 92262
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About Vanessa S.

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A concertizing musician since age 9, I hold a Bachelor’s and Master’s of Music in instrumental performance from the California State University Los Angeles, where I was named the CSU system's youngest to receive a graduate degree. In 2005 I earned a Doctorate of Musical Arts from the University of Arizona, where I was the Graduate Teaching Assistant. I have also been honored as the University of Arizona's youngest doctoral graduate, receiving my degree at age 19.

I have performed as a member and guest soloist with countless chamber ensembles, orchestras, and bands across the United States. Highlights of my international tours include concerts in Shanghai, Seoul, South Africa, Madrid and at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. In addition to playing for such notables as Oprah Winfrey, Maya Angelou, Tippi Hedren, Barbara Sinatra, and
Florence Henderson, I have played as an honorary guest at UCLA, the Colburn School, UC Santa Cruz, for the Japanese Ambassador and Embassy, and appeared as guest artist with the Anderson String Quartet, Barry Manilow, and most recently with Il Divo, as well as made several television appearances. My extensive performing experience means that no matter your skill level, as my student I will have you performing, sharing your music with others, and becoming an artist.

I have been the recipient of numerous awards for both my musical and academic performance, including the Valeria Finzi Memorial Harp Competition two years consecutively, the Sally Casanova Pre-Doctoral Fellowship, and have been named as a Medici Scholar and on the Who's Who Among American Women and National Dean's List. I am also active as a composer, arranger, and transcriber, and have taught for the past 16 years. Teaching has always been a special joy of mine, and I have experience teaching students of every age and skill level. I believe in an individualized approach for each student and love to inspire students with my own love of music and lifelong learning. I have worked as a teaching artist with the McCallum Theatre Institute (with elementary-age children) and an instructor for the Osher Institute (age 55+). With a solid background in Classical masterworks, my technical skill and artistic vision allows for interpretations of a variety of music spanning Celtic, Latin, pop, jazz, and rock genres. I teach piano, harp, music theory and musicianship at Mt. San Jacinto College, music history at College of the Desert and provide private instruction from my studio in Palm Springs.

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What do you want to learn? If you are passionate about music and interested in improving your skills I will mentor you to help you achieve your personal goals. I will personalize our curriculum depending on your experience level, needs, and desires. I believe in a well-rounded approach so we'll focus not only on leaning the notes, but the inflections and expressions of music, performance techniques, technical dexterity, music theory, and music history. In this way not only can you be a skilled performer, but an informed one as well, no matter what your age. My students are my highest priority- I love working with children, introducing them to music for the first time, as well as with the adult student who "always wanted to take lessons" but hasn't been able to yet. Furthering the talents of experienced musicians is also a pleasure. I will be honored to help you in your musical journey!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Studio: quarter grand piano, pedal harp, Celtic harp, electroacoustic harp. There is an adjacent seating area so parents are always welcome to sit in on lessons.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Under special circumstances I am happy to travel to students who have their instrument and related equipment.

*** Specialties ***
I teach both Classical and popular styles and can specialize according to my students' needs/interests.
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Lindsay October 5, 2017
· Harp · In studio
I am an adult student, new to music in general. I have been taking harp lessons with Vanessa for about 10 months now and she is absolutely wonderful. Vanessa is extremely knowledgeable about harp, music, and pedagogy. She is also very patient, helpful, and flexible. Vanessa is professional without being stuffy and I always look forward to my lessons! I feel that I have progressed so much and wouldn't have been able to do that without Vanessa.
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So far Dr Vanessa is doing an excellent job, my daughter really enjoys learning with her.
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Vanessa S.

Vanessa S.

Palm Springs, CA 92264
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About Autumn D.

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Autumn is a native of Wisconsin and has played in orchestras across the United States that include the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, New World Symphony Orchestra, and Boca Raton Philharmonic Symphonia. In addition, Autumn is an avid solo musician and has placed in such violin competitions as the Virtu Foundation Instrument Scholarship Competition, where she received a one year loan of a 17th century violin, and Schubert Club String Competition.

Ever active, Autumn has also attended and performed in numerous summer festivals that include the Spoleto Festival USA, Kent Blossom Music Festival, Meadowmount Music Festival, and Chautauqua Institution. Autumn's diverse role as a violinist has often allowed her to perform outside of the realms of strictly classical music and perform and collaborate with such artists as Amy Grant, Smokey Robinson
, and most recently LeAnn Rimes.

Autumn's musical education includes a Bachelor of Music from the University of Minnesota with Sally O'Reilly, a Masters of Music from Southern Methodist University with Jan Mark Sloman, and two additional performance graduate degrees from Lynn University and the University of Denver with violinists Elmar Oliveira and Yumi Whang-Williams.

Autumn has been teaching for over thirteen years and has worked as instructor, coach and mentor. Autumn currently plays with the Colorado Springs Philharmonic Orchestra and serves as Concertmaster of the Longmont Symphony Orchestra.

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I have worked with students ages two through adults. I teach a mixture of Traditional and Suzuki Methods. I also integrate training in sight reading, ear training, and music theory.

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Music stand, metronome.

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Over thirteen years in violin instruction. Students have placed in state competitions and won chairs as concertmaster in state youth orchestras.
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Sonja March 19, 2017
· Violin ·
Amazing teacher! I feel privileged to learn from her.
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Amanda February 22, 2017
· Violin · Online
Very awesome and personable teacher! I have learned so much with her, Highly recommended! She was constantly working with my crazy schedule.
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John July 3, 2016
· Violin · In studio
Autumn is very supportive an a great teacher she has a gift that is hard to find in most instructors.
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Autumn D.

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About Mike M.

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Hello, my name is Mike and I am excited to teach you. I have studied the drums for most of my life, and can't wait to show you what I have learned.

I have been fortunate enough to have worked with some amazing teachers and musicians from all over the globe. I am more than willing to pass on what I have discovered.

I have taught beginners how to hold the sticks and play simple grooves, as well as shown seasoned veterans how to strengthen their foundation and overcome roadblocks to mastery.

I encourage my students to develop a solid foundation of technical skills (grip, body mechanics, reading, time, rudiments, styles/grooves) while finding their own voice on the instrument. Musical performance is a deeply personal experience, and I hope to guide you towards whatever goals you have in mind.

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Julia October 4, 2017
· Percussion · In studio
I love playing music with Mike. I asked him to accompany me and/or create parts for my original songs and the experience was fantastic. I only wish I lived closer to him now! He is a great, sensitive and creative drummer, adding depth and excitement to the music he plays. He's also passionate about his art; always working on new and exciting projects and creating musical community. I should also mention that he's a funny, caring, relaxed and upbeat guy to be around- I have no doubt that his motivation and ethic as a musician carry over into his teaching. Highly recommended!
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Brad Farberman September 28, 2017
· Music Performance ·
As the drummer in my funk band, Middle Blue, Mike provides both an airtight rhythmic foundation and a sense of adventure. In other words, the beat is always concrete, but never *too* straight. He's always doing something interesting or mysterious with it. Also, he's full of surprises. Just the other day, he threw a rhythmic idea at me that I hadn't heard from him, and we've been playing together for over a year. If I were a drummer, I'd be excited to take lessons with Mike.
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Mike M.

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About Nolan M.

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Nolan is an international music educator from NYC who has taught and performed in the US, India, Thailand, and Europe. He encourages creativity and improvisation in all of his students, combined with a well-rounded understanding of musical basics.
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Gregg P. July 8, 2017
· Singing · In home
The knowledge gained was emence. 4 months into learning the guitar and 5 singing lessons have been a great experience. Yes you can sing and it does take a teacher and practice
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Nolan M.

Nolan M.

Rancho Mirage, CA 92270
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About Tyler S.

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Athens, GA

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Tyler is an international award winning composer from the state of Iowa, USA. Tyler has written for many mediums including film, opera, choir, orchestra, chamber and solo instruments, and electronics.

As a teacher, Tyler has taught voice, music theory, sight reading, and composition lessons to students of all ages. He has a degree in music education, a degree in composition, and is currently finishing his final degree.

When taking lessons; you can expect to achieve the following:
Fundamentals of singing
Building singing skills
How to read and write music
How to listen to music
Sight Singing
Scales
Key signatures
Intervals
Dictation
Chords and how they work
How to analyze music

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Mr. S was a great teacher. He was always professional and fair about his tests and
grading. Aside from the basic music theory 1 curriculum itself, he gave the class additional input that gave some of the concepts more context. I learned alot. Most of all, I appreciated his willingness to help me on an individual basis. I don't think I grasped some of the concepts as fast as other students, but Mr. S was always there to lend a helping hand. At times, I'd run into him just as he was leaving the building, but he'd still help me with a homework problem or two. He didn't have to do this, but I'm thankful that he did. I'd recommend Mr. S to anyone wanting to take Music Theory.

Mr. S is an absolutely fantastic teacher. I doubt I would have learned as much as I did throughout the Aural skills sequence at UGA if he wasn't my instructor. He just has a way with teaching and getting concepts across that is very effective. He goes above and beyond to make sure no one in the class ever falls behind, and is very understanding and willing to give extra help. He's so great!.

I love Mr. S, he was very helpful and took time out of his schedule to help me when ever possible! The only thing I would say is try to include more dictations in class, don't focus as much on theory behind it, deffinetly still go over it but just not as much. For example it really did help though when, you would go over the functions of each chord and note. Thank you for a great year!

I thought that Mr. was a very good instructor. He was always willing to meet outside of class to help you with questions. He also tried to explain things many ways when you don't understand. He is very smart and good at what he does. I hope to h
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Lily M. October 2, 2017
· Singing · In home
Tyler is teaching my daughter, who has Down Syndrome, to sing! He is kind, patient, and creative with his teaching style. His voice is amazing and his enthusiasm is contagious. He is passionate and does a wonderful job sharing his gift of music.
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Tyler S.

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About Liesel W.

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Duluth, MN
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I teach violin, fiddle, erhu, and Chinese (Mandarin). All of my lessons are tailored to the student's needs and interests.
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Liesel W.

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About Derrick M.

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Derrick has been a professional bass player for over 20 years. His less is more approach has been the backbone of his style and career alike. A strong work ethic and positive attitude has helped make Derrick a first call bassist for both live touring and studio recording.

Shortly after moving to Nashville, TN in 2005, Derrick landed a job with the band Danica, touring the casino circuit across the country. Averaged 180 shows/year from ’06-’11!! Played in over 30 States including the Virgin Islands!

After 5 strong years on the road, Derrick moved to Memphis and worked with some great local Memphis bands such as Mudflap King, Pulse Party Crew, and Country Artist Derek Joseph.

In August 2014, Derrick made the leap back to Nashville and became the touring bassist for McKenzies Mill. Derrick was also the session bassist for McKenzies
Mill’s EP, recorded with New Voice Entertainment in 2015.

Shortly after, Derrick became the house session bassist for Loud Sound Ridge Productions. Recording radio quality tracks for artists Paul Newton and Jay Bragg.

In April, 2016, Derrick made Memphis, TN home-base again. While still holding on to all of his Nashville contacts, Derrick is also working with such Memphis bands/artists as Derek Joseph, Nick Garrison and Radiometer. As of July, 2016, Derrick is now the in-house bass instructor at Circle Music Center and Martin Music.

Starting in October, 2016 Derrick became the first call drummer for MGP Studios, recording bass tracks and performing in live showcases for the various artist under the MGP Record Label. MGP, Mark Goodman Productions, features Mark Goodman, Grammy Award Winning Recording Engineer. Mark has worked with hundreds of artists throughout his 4 decade career.
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Derrick M.

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About Joy C.

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Memphis, TN
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About Joy
I was a Theater and English teacher for the past 3 years, and have traveled and worked in many different countries. I came back from Croatia this summer after working as a Nanny and Bartender. I am here to make your lessons fun, energizing, and challenging as we work towards your goals!
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BURN November 13, 2017
· Piano · In home
Great teacher! Always easy to communicate with/change piano times. Helped me get faster at reading music.
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Victoria November 13, 2017
· Classical Piano · In home
Joy is a great piano teacher! As an older woman, I was very nervous about learning piano. However Joy was very easy going, provided the best materials, and really helped me grow my piano skills. I am now able to play christmas carols when my grandchildren come to visit!
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Joy C.

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About Emily L.

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Emily Lenck is an active studio musician, performer, and teacher in the Los Angeles area. A native of Florida, Ms. Lenck received her Bachelor of Music degree from the University of South Florida with Carolyn Stuart. She continued her studies as a graduate teaching assistant to violin professor, Lina Bahn, at the University of Colorado at Boulder earning a Master of Music degree in Violin Performance. With over 16 years of experience, Emily has been able to play with many artists in varying genres and venues. She has performed with Coolio at Chyna’s memorial service, Trans-Siberian Orchestra Florida tour, Cirque Du Soleil at the Honda Center, John Debney Jungle Book live performance, Reza Sadeghi at the Nokia Theater, Andrea Bocelli at the Dolby Theater, Total Divas TV wedding ceremony, and many more. As a studio musician, she has recor
ded for many movies, video games, and albums, including a Sphero Star Wars commercial. Emily also enjoys performing covers of popular music, having most recently toured the Caribbean on a cruise ship playing in a violin and vocal/guitar acoustic duo.
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Emily L.

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