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About Nicholas K.

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Merrillville, IN
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My mission, is to create a private and educational environment to students of all ages. One that enriches their senses to music, through reading, writing, ear training, performance and technique.

About Nicholas
Nick comes from a family of four generations of music in the GREEK/Balkan repertoire. He graduated from Columbia College of Chicago with a concentration in Music Composition in December of 2009. Currently teaching and performing professionally, Nick enjoys all styles of music, but has been declared as an "old soul" by many of his friends. He enjoys playing lots of Motown, funk, and jazz, but is proficient in Classical, Rock, and Blues as well. When not playing music (rarely), he is a Board member for the GivingBackPack Foundation which provides school supplies to underprivileged children. Nick's dedication to education is shown through his music and his personal volunteer hours, he feels his diverse background gives his students an advantage to a broader perspective of music and theory.

*** Lesson Details ***
I set an individual c
urriculum based on students needs, wants and aspirations. We will focus on proper technique, theory, musicianship and sightreading to become a better all around musician. After a few months of lessons, you will have the proper fundamentals to grow as a musician and discover the art of music.

*** Studio Equipment ***
All necessities on site.

*** Specialties ***
I am well versed in many styles, I have played professionally and teach, ALL forms of Rock, Jazz, Blues, World (ethnic musics), Pop, Acoustic, Folk, and most other styles.
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Katherine Carter January 24, 2016
· Trumpet · In studio
I hadn't played the trumpet in 30 years. My first lesson with Nicholas was like starting from scratch. He is very knowledgeable, polite, professional, and definitely patient. I feel that that homework Nicholas assigned was spot on. I'm playing better already after only two days. I would certainly recommend him to a friend.
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Justin G. August 25, 2015
· Piano · In studio
Nicholas really tailored the lessons to what I needed. They weren't cookie-cutter lessons, and I appreciated that. He answered all the questions I had, and helped me understand some concepts that I never would have gotten just learning online. I definitely recommend him as a teacher.
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Enoch B. July 14, 2015
· Guitar · In studio
Nicholas was very patient, took the time to write down information that was helpful (very helpful). Nicholas understood where I was in reference to me knowing nothing about the guitar and he is very knowledgeable with the music trade. He was very clear and kept things simple. I truly enjoy his instructions, can't wait for the next lesson.
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Nicholas K.

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About Jesse M.

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Sunnyvale, CA

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Learn about rhythm, melody, harmony, and dynamics, and how they apply to the tuba. Explore the range of your instrument through various scales. Build solid skills through understanding the mechanics of how your body and instrument work together.

About Jesse
*Disclaimer*
I'm currently not taking beginner students on guitar, bass, drums, piano, or ukulele. I highly recommend my studio partners Andrew and Melissa though. Please check out their profiles for the following topics:

Guitar, Bass, Drums, Piano, and Ukulele
https://takelessons.com/profile/andrew-i5

Piano and Ukulele
https://takelessons.com/profile/melissa-m62

My Background

I've been playing with classical ensembles and rock bands since 2001. Even though I started on classical trombone and rock guitar, I have come to expand my repertoire to a variety of instruments and genres. During my time in college I performed with the University choir, orchestra, and band. I also have organized, wrote/arranged for, and performed with a variety of bands in my home state of New Mexico, as well as Japan, and the San Francisco Bay Are
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Since 2006 I have been an active teacher. This profession has taken me everywhere from working with classical guitar classes in New Mexico high schools to Elementary students in Japan to a variety of private students of various musical instruments and genres everywhere I've been. Since relocating to the Bay Area in 2010, I've had the pleasure of working with lots of great students from kids to adults with a wide range of ambitions. Since 2012 I've been running my own full time studio.

Philosophy of Learning

Lessons are generally designed to work towards giving students the tools to accomplish their goals and become increasingly independent over time. While all students will study similar fundamentals regarding technique, theory, and performance, every lesson is as different as every person. What kind of music do you want to make? I'll tell you what you need to do to get there, and help you take the steps to achieve your aspirations.

I also love to help students put together a song, record, and produce it for them so that they can have a recording to share with their friends and family.

I also hold events for my students. (Check out our pictures and videos below!)
Younger students have the "Young Musicians Showcase" every few months where individual students and band classes have a chance to perform and celebrate their accomplishments with friends and family.
Adult students occasionally have events where they get a chance to get together and play music as well.

Aside from in-studio lessons, students also have the option to sign up for online lessons via Skype.
(*Online lessons offered during different times than in-studio lessons.)

*Unfortunately due to scheduling issues, I'm not currently accepting students for bi-weekly lessons. I can do regular weekly lessons, or occasional drop-in lessons, but bi-weekly appointments make it really hard for me to give the best scheduled times to my existing weekly students. I'm sorry for the inconvenience.

My studio is equipped with:

*Multiple Music Stands

*P.A. System

*Vocal and instrument microphones

*Guitars, Basses, and a Banjo

*Two guitar amps and a bass amp

*Various percussion including a fully equipped acoustic drum set

*A Roland V-Drums electronic drum set

*An electric piano console

*A MicroKorg Synthesizer

*A Tuba, Trombone, Cornet, and Flute

*An extensive physical and virtual music library

*A recording system that students are not only welcome to use but encouraged to

*HD Webcam and condenser microphone for high fidelity online lessons via Skype
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Brian August 29, 2017
· Trumpet · In studio
This was my son's first lesson, and he is looking forward to playing his trumpet and coming back for more lessons. I was hoping to spark his interest in music and so far so good.
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Robert O. August 10, 2017
· Japanese · Online
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Rajeev July 18, 2017
· Trumpet · In studio
After a break of more than a year I wanted to restart my Trumpet lessons. I chose Jesse based on the reviews and Jesse did not disappoint. He is very patient and focused teacher. I liked his structured method and tools he uses. I was able to get back in groove in no time.

Highly recommended.
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About Joseph M.

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Huntington Station, NY

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35 + yrs playing/teaching experience
Classical to Jazz
Fun mixed with work

About Joseph
Local tutor;

Will travel to you, or we can use my studios located in Nassau, Suffolk and all 5 boroughs.

My name is Dr. Joseph M., Ba/Ma/Dma, in Education and Performance. I have reference lists a mile long, (with phone #'s, so you contact my previous and current

clients), full of success story after success story!

22 yrs teaching experience. I have sent thousands of children to Nyssma. Most of my students have scored; "Outstandings", (lvls 1-4), and A+'s, (lvls 5-6). Have gotten students

into All-County,

All State, and All National honor bands. This requires a ranked Nyssma level 6 score of 100.

I have prepared students for auditions to the finest music schools in the world, Julliard, The Curtis Institute, Berklee, etc.

My students have appeared on Broadway, have played at Birdland/the Bluenote, and have won
Grammys.........

I play and teach all styles; Classical, rock, Broadway, jazz,pop, etc.....

I have performed at the world class, A-list level in all the above mentioned styles as well.

I believe it is critical to be humble, down to earth and easy to work with, no matter how accomplished, student, teacher, or parent. :)..................
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Dana September 18, 2016
· Saxophone · In home
Very professional and thorough!
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louis R. August 9, 2016
· Saxophone · In home
First lesson with my grandson. My grandson enjoyed it. Joseph was very professional.
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Joshua W. April 19, 2016
· Singing · In home
We couldn't be more pleased and thrilled to have discovered Dr. Merkel. He is committed, gifted, firm, yet kind,
with my son. Thank you Dr. Joe!!!
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About Abdulrahman A.

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New York, NY
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I do not own a tuba but have a mouthpiece and am very experienced with one. In our lessons we will develop proper form in terms of posture as well as breathing. We will work out many of the technical aspects of the tuba from sound to valve work as well as tuning. Students will be exposed to intense classical repertoire based on level as well as introduction to tuba in the brass band style for versatility as a musician.

About Abdulrahman
Beginning his studies of the trombone in middle school, Abdulrahman has been on a journey only the trombone can bring you on. His first introductions to music were purely classical, and with the guidance of his first mentor, Met Trombonist Weston Sprott, he was able to graduate from the Juilliard Map program into the Juilliard Pre-College program. Abdulrahman continued
his studies at Juilliard for one last year, studying with Met trombonist Damian Austin, and started taking a new direction with the trombone. As a sophomore at La Guardia high school for the arts and performing arts, Abdulrahman took his first swim in the pool of Jazz under the direction of Kevin Blancq, the current jazz director at La Guardia. Being exposed to artists such as Urbie Green and Bob Brookmeyer began to drive Abdulrahman Amer into a new world known as the worl
d of improvisation. Self-taught, he was driven by friends to learn standards and allow his true artistry to come out in the medium of sound.

As a senior in high school, he attended the Manhattan School of music Pre-College on a full scholarship. Through new motivations, Abdulrahman is now an alumnus of the 2015 Grammy Band and Next Generation Jazz Orchestra, which added a new color to his senior experience. He now attends the Manhattan School of Music on a full scholarship as part of the class of 2019. Abdulrahman was named a 2016 jazz finalist in Youngarts, is currently an alumnus of the Banff Jazz Workshop for creative music as well as the Betty Carter Jazz ahead workshop, and is now on a path to harness his craft and spread love and peace around the world. He is now a new member of the GRAMMY winning band "Arturo O' Farill and the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra" and is the youngest in the band. Abdulrahman has played at numerous festivals and venues including the Jazz Standard, Smalls Jazz Club, Smoke Jazz Club, Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, Metropolitan room, Shapeshifter Lab, An Die Musik, Monterey Jazz Festival, Montclair Jazz Festival, as well as the Detroit Jazz Festival. Abdulrahman has also shared the stage with many notable artists and bands including Jazzmeia Horn, Tyshawn Sorey, Frank Lacy, The Mingus Big Band, Conscious Collective, Dave Koz, Ted Nash, and even Wynton Marsalis. Now leading his own band, Abdulrahman will allow his art and the trombone to guide his path.
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Sam November 1, 2015
· Trombone ·
Amazing teacher, has incredible talent at teaching and playing music. I know that he will be able to help me to be the best musician I can be. He did all the right techniques to get good and it shows in his playing. Overall great teacher and a great guy, really cares about the growth of the student.
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About Christian R.

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San Pedro, CA

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Take lessons with a experienced teacher that actively performs and teaches. What makes me a good teacher is the fact that I struggled during the first few years that I started playing. I had a work through those struggles in order to become the musician I am today, so I know how to break things down and to cater lessons to each individual student. There is no cookie cutter method for all, we each have our own issues to work on. Some naturally gifted teachers will just tell you to play something and make it work...but since I had to work hard to become successful, I can use what I learned to help you to achieve success. I will help you to build a strong fundamental base and to turn your weaknesses into strengths! Whether you are preparing for school band or ensemble, for honor band auditions, college auditions, or solo and ensemble festivals, I would be happy to help you to become the musician that you want to become.

About Christian
I've been playing brass for over 20 years, and have been teaching for about 20 years as well. I am married, have two young children and two cats. I'm so blessed to have had the opportunities to perform and travel as a musician, and I wouldn't have made it to this point with out the Lord's blessing and without people in my live teaching me, mentoring me, and supporting me. It took a lot of work to get to this point, and if you work hard you can get there too. We all start in the same place, which is, knowing nothing, and we go from there! I would be happy to help you to get there as well.

Currently, I perform as the principal euphonium with the 40th Infantry Division Band of the Army National Guard, the principal euphonium of the Southern California Brass Consortium, and the principal euphonium with the Salvation Army's Western Ter
ritory Staff Band. I also play with my church brass band at the Salvation Army!

I have experience performing as a soloist in San Diego, Los Angeles, Boston, San Francisco, Las Vegas, New Jersey, Atlanta, Seattle, Norway, United Kingdom and most recently Angola. I've also performed in Alaska, Arizona, Denver, New York, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, Canada, Mexico, Brazil and Germany. I enjoy playing in almost any medium from Brass Band, Wind Ensemble, Orchestra, Big Band, and even Bavarian Octoberfest Bands. I've also been known to play a little valve trombone in contemporary worship bands, but don't tell any slide trombone players that because they tend to get jealous!

I have a passion for helping people grow and improve as musicians, whether you are 8 years old or 80 years old, or any age. We can all improve and grow!
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Christopher K. September 22, 2017
· Trombone · In home
Would recommend Christian! Has lots of experience and is very patient.
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Aaron July 13, 2017
· Euphonium · In home
Christian is a patient teacher with great technical skills and even better teaching skills. He is a soldier in the Army National Guard and has taught many students as well as internationally with musical outreach. He is an awesome teacher!
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Kenneth July 13, 2017
· Bass Trombone · In studio
Christian is a great instructor!

He is patient and he is very thorough. He'll make sure you learn something new every lesson and he will ensure your growth as a musician. Along with teaching me how to play through difficult passages in my music he also taught me breathing techniques, tone quality, and many other great skills! Thanks to him, I was able to win a soloist competition with my bass trombone!

If you ever have a chance, take lessons with Christian and you will not be disappointed!
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About Laurie P.

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Baltimore, MD

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Teaching the tuba is a particular passion of mine. I have enjoyed helping students with sound production, technique and developing their musicality. I believe in building a firm foundation with a good tone quality and proper technique. I enjoy helping students reach their potential!

About Laurie
I am a professional trombonist and pianist and have three degrees from the University of Michigan, including a D.M.A. in Trombone Performance. I have taught piano since I was 16 and have accompanied singers and instrumentalists in concerts. For many years, I was a trombonist in the Sarasota Orchestra and previously was Assistant Professor of Trombone at Miami University.

I have started many students on trombone and tuba, as well as piano.
Students will find me to be encouraging, yet demanding. I cater to different learning styles and strive to learn how each student learns best.
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About Evan B.

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Los Angeles, CA

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Students can expect to have weekly assignments that work on the fundamentals of tuba performance which include tone quality, intonation, dynamics, articulation, and musicianship. Students can also expect to prepare solos and etudes for Southern California honor ensembles as well as a small recital on a date TBD.

About Evan
Evan is a freelance musician in the Los Angeles area. Before moving to Los Angeles, he was a freelance tubist and educator in Atlanta, GA. He performed regularly with the Georgia State University Wind Ensemble and Orchestra, Emory University Wind Ensemble, and The Georgia Brass Band. While freelancing, Evan also maintained a private tuba studio as well as teaching part-time at high schools in the Atlanta areas.

Evan has had the privilege to perform with a wide variety of music ensembles. He has performed with various orchestras and wind ensembles as well as other ensembles which include brass quintet, tuba quartet, tuba/euphonium quartet, brass bands, Tamborazo groups, jazz combos, big band jazz ensembles, marching bands, and Dixieland jazz groups. While performing with these various ensembles, he has taught students at area high scho
ols in GA and CA to be involved with the many opportunities available.

Evan has performed with various orchestras and wind ensembles at venues in the South East United States such as the Tivoli Theatre, Atlanta Symphony Hall, Woodruff Arts Center, Rialto Concert Hall, Carnegie Hall, and the Fox Theatre. He has also performed in Walt Disney Concert Hall since moving to Los Angeles.

Evan is currently pursuing a Master of Music degree in Tuba Performance at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, CA. There he studies with Norman Pearson, Doug Tornquist, and Jim Self. He received his Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education from Georgia State University in Atlanta, GA. There he studied tuba with Eric Bubacz as well as taking lessons from Dr. Adam Frey (euphonium) and Dr. Cory Mixdorf (trombone). While at Georgia State, Evan met his wife, Caitlin. In their leisure, the couple enjoys going on hikes, exploring new areas around Los Angeles, experiencing new cuisine, and staying at home and watching TV shows and movies.
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Evan B.

Evan B.

Los Angeles, CA 90007
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About Benjamin O.

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Having played tuba with the Utah and Iceland Symphony Orchestras, and with 20 years of music tutoring experience, I communicate a deep love for music to my students as well as the skills and techniques to play tuba at as high a level as they want to go. I also teach my students ear training, music theory, and how those tuba playing skills transfer to other parts of life.

About Benjamin
Music is an essential part of everyone's life, and I bring music to people as a classical performer, teacher, and scholar.

Currently, I am based in the greater Phoenix area, though have performed all over the state of Arizona. I am a member of the nationally-renowned Salt River Brass Band, as well as a performer with such groups as the Utah Symphony and Iceland Symphony.

As an arranger, I have experience notating music for individual instruments and full ensembles. I have written critically on the music of Johann Sebastian Bach, and have written grants to secure funds for classical music projects at the university level.

I teach elementary and middle-school band in the Peoria (AZ.) School District, and also have extensive conducting experience at the high school and collegiate levels. Since 1998, I have maintained a stuio of indiviidu
al music students all over the United States.
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About Austin G.

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El Dorado Hills, CA

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I have been playing Tuba for 9 years and marching Contra/Tuba in the Blue Devils Drum and Bugle Corps. Had personal training with some of the best brass players in the business including Sam Palafian.

About Austin
I’m a fun and energetic teacher who loves a good laugh. I am a professional saxophone player, but can teach a range of woodwinds to advanced levels and brass instruments up to intermediate levels. I harp on the importance of breathing by teaching Breathing Gym techniques to my students for control and relaxation. I learned from the one and only Sam Palafian, the inventor of Breathing Gym while I marched at the Blue Devils Drum and Bugle Corps on the Contra/Tuba line.
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Austin G.

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