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About Yuan-Yu W.

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San Jose, CA
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Doctor of Music and Perfomance with 5+ years teaching experience of Viola, Violin, Piano and chamber groups. Now accepting eager students of all experience levels and ages! Lessons are structured so students have fun learning, while also building a strong foundation of playing skills. I specialize in, but not exclusively, classical music, and chamber groups. Using all available resources for all of my students needs and interests, to help pass on the passion of music.

About Yuan-Yu
Subjects tought in person: Viola, Violin and Piano
Education: Aug 2006----May 2013 University of Missouri-Kansas City (Doctor of Musical Arts and Performance)
Sept. 2004----May 2006 Mannes School of Music (Performance Diploma)
Sept.2002-----May 2004 Mannes School of Music (Master of Music)

About: I have been a lover of Classical music since I was very young. I was fortunate enough to have my major in Viola performance for my entire study. My educational background has prepared me for the role of Musical Performance teacher. In particular, my studies of Viola Performance and Musical Education have given me a solid background to instruct students in all aspects of musical training. I am eager to contribute my enthusiasm and up-to-date skills to students of all ages in the instruments of my specialty.

*** Lesson Details ***
I am
an easy going person with a great passion for music, that I would like to pass on to my students. I hope my Students will be able to learn new things in every lesson, and play their instrument with confidence and beautiful sound.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Music stand and Instrument.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I expect students to have their own instruments and musical stands.

*** Specialties ***
I could teach all kinds of materials.
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Cindy W. September 25, 2016
· Violin · In studio
My daughter enjoys Yuan-Yu's class so much that she couldn't stop talking about what she learned from her first class. Great start!
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San Jose, CA 95128
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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 viola. 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 voice/singing, guitar, bass, drums, piano, and ukulele. I highly recommend my studio partners Melissa though. Please check out her profile:

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 Area.

Since 2006 I have been an active teacher. This profession has taken me everywhere from working with classical guitar cla
sses 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 opportunities to perform for friends and family at my studio every few months. Once or twice a year we'll also stage a larger event off site for more individual students and bands classes to perform.
Adult students also 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:

*Music Stands

*A P.A. System

*Vocal and instrument microphones

*Guitars, Basses, Ukulele, Banjos, etc

*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 and Yamaha organ

*A MicroKorg Synthesizer

*A Tuba, Trombone, Cornet, Saxophone, 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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Alex March 25, 2019
· Singing · In studio
Jesse is very friendly and a fun teacher to be around.
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Merve K. March 19, 2019
· Violin · In studio
Jesse was not only an instructor but also a mentor for my daughter. He is very patient and realistic besides being very knowledgable and talented. She learned and improved a lot. We were lucky to start this journey with Jesse.
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Wan C. January 5, 2019
· Ukulele · In studio
I am a senior student and Jesse knew what was needed to develop a course of classwork and homework to enable me to have more fun with the melodious ukulele. I appreciate his clear, concise, and congenial approach — serious, mindful, and leisurely.
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Jesse M.

Sunnyvale, CA 94086
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About Helena G.

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San Jose, CA
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A classical approach to any music style, whether classical, folk, tango....let's make beautiful music together.

About Helena
Classically trained at prestigious Mussorgsky school of music in St. Petersburg, Russia, with over 20 years of teaching experience. I teach Violin, Viola and Piano Performance, Music Theory, Music History, Sight Reading and Ear Training to children and adults of beginning to advanced level. I utilize several teaching methods to best suit the needs of a student and make lessons enjoyable and productive. I introduce my students to a variety of styles while teaching classical techniques for lifetime skills. When not teaching, I play with Nova Vista Symphony (First Violin) ,Campbell String Chamber Orchestra (Concertmeistress), Winchester Symphony Orchestra, and a variety of instrumental Ensembles featuring Klezmer Music, Russian Tangos and Brazilian Choros.

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My lessons are a balance of fun and focus. My students qu
ickly learn the basics and start playing familiar melodies. I teach memorization techniques to develop a performing repertoire.
In addition, my students develop abilities in rhythm, melody, harmony, understanding of theory, and improvisation. I also help with school orchestra practice and audition preparation.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Dedicated Music Space, desk, piano, recording equipment, music stands, couch for parents to observe and wait or participate.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I expect the student to provide their own violin and bow, music stand and a notebook. Students may also need to purchase sheet music/music books. I will provide basic recording equipment (audio and video), and pre-recorded piano or orchestra accompaniment. A live piano accompanist is available for recitals and pre-recital rehearsals.

*** Specialties ***
Classical Violin, Viola
Fiddle - Klezmer, American, Celtic
Piano - beginning and intermediate levels
Music Theory, Ear Training, Sight Reading, Improvisation.
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Matthew C. March 9, 2018
· Violin · In home
She is amazing! My son enjoy the class so much! I truly appreciate it.
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Barbara J. March 2, 2018
· Viola · Online
Helena was a pleasure to work with. It was my first viola lesson in decades. I was not sure how the online lesson would go but it worked well for me. She was so patient and helpful and very encouraging. Look forward to the next lesson!
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Ayse K. November 14, 2017
· Violin · In studio
she loves her job alot .and she makes you love it as well.
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Helena G.

San Jose, CA 95111
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About Susanna S.

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Pittsburgh, PA

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Experienced viola teacher with over 25 years available for eager students of all experience levels and ages! I structure my lessons so students learn what they want to learn, while also building a strong foundation of viola playing skills and technique. I specialize in Traditional Classical string music, typically use Essential Elements 2000, Samuel Applebaum methods, Suzuki books, and traditional scales and etude books. I have the following tools available to use during lessons: metronome, tuner, rosin and my music library.

About Susanna
Susanna S. has over 25 years of teaching experience on violin, viola and cello in private lessons, small groups and school orchestra settings. Currently, she runs her own studio and is teaching weekly in person lessons at her home in Pittsburgh or online lessons. She offers 30, 45, 60, 75 or 90 minute lessons.

Susanna S. has helped students learn how to play their instrument, read music, understand music theory, improve their playing abilities on violin, viola, and cello, to successfully audition for youth orchestras, competitions, college auditions, NAFME/ASTA/PMEA events and to play for their own enjoyment.

She provides traditional classical training on violin, viola, and cello, works with students to improve their technique, music reading skills, counting, intonation, phrasing, bowing, positions and and shares her passion
for music. In addition, she will provide instruction on music theory and music history as part of instrumental lessons as it applies.

Susanna received her training at State University of New York at Purchase in 1991, where she received a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Music. In 1995, she received her Music Education K-12 Certification from Carnegie Mellon University. In 2000, she attended the University of Denver, Lamont School of Music where she received a Masters in Music. She has studied with Sol Grietzer, Karen Dreyfus and Basil Vendryes. In addition, Susanna earned a Masters of School Administration in 2012 from East Carolina University.

As an expert in her field, Susanna looks forward to helping new students achieve their goals. Her teaching style is positive, supportive, patient and constructive, focused on the individual student's needs, and enjoyable. She will work at your pace and cares about each of her students. Susanna works with students from ages 7 through adults and believes you are never to old to learn.

Susanna recommends weekly lessons for all students to ensure good progress. She can provide information on purchasing or renting an instrument, if needed. Please ask questions and check Susanna's profile for availability.

Thank you for your interest and consideration.
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Katja K. May 3, 2019
· Violin · Online
Very structured and thorough in her teaching and a nice and encouraging person on top of that. I had a great first lesson with Susanna!
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Lorna J April 2, 2019
· Cello · Online
Very patient with someone who can't seem to play one string at a time! Seems like someone you would like to know in person some day.
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Lorna S. March 29, 2019
· Cello · Online
Very patient and understanding- doesn't get mad no matter how bad I am! Great sense of humor which comes in handy. I just hope she doesn't give up on me!
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Susanna S.

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About Danielle F.

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Virginia Beach, VA

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Viola - the hidden gem of the strings family! As a violinist who made the jump to viola, I strive to help violists really shine in a world dominated by the violin!

About Danielle
Hello! My name is Danielle and I'm a strings teacher (don't worry - I teach the fun stuff too!). I've been playing violin since age 5, viola since age 13, and 'cello since age 18. I have Bachelors Degrees in Violin Performance and Music Education from James Madison University, and I play both Violin and Viola in Symphonicity, the volunteer orchestra in Virginia Beach.

I've taught everything from private lessons to private school to public school and am a truly passionate teacher. I currently teach general music, choir and strings at an elementary school but I love to fill my nights/weekends with private students - that's where the real fun is!

I've taught ages 4-44 and all skill levels. I take particular pride in developing technique and fundamental skills while keeping lessons light hearted and fun! It is my ultimate goal to spark
a love and passion for music in each of my students.

I always encourage students to explore music on their own and bring me repertoire that they'd like to play (from their favorite movies, TV shows, video games, etc.). Those are a great and engaging supplement to the solo repertoire I choose!

Send me a message to get to know more about me and my teaching. I look forward to hearing from you!
Musically,
Danielle
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Matthew A. November 8, 2018
· Violin · Online
Danielle was a very intuitive teacher- she listened to my goals, and helped provide me with a clear path toward them, conquering some of the basics, scales, pentatonic, and such... but also some of the more advanced nuances like harmonics and vibrato. If you are trying to learn violin or fiddle, I'd recommend Danielle.
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Rylee September 30, 2018
· Viola · Online
We had great encounter with Ms. Danielle. Lovely woman full of knowledge,personality, and a love for instruments. She has a way to convey her expertise to her students. Wouldn’t hesitate to utilize her in our future!
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Joyce September 28, 2018
· Viola · In studio
Really enjoyed the first lesson and look forward to more. Danielle is knowledgeable, encouraging and friendly. I highly recommend her.
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Danielle F.

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About Dayna N.

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Selden, NY

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Students can expect a relaxed, fun, and encouraging atmosphere for learning. The viola can be an intimidating instrument- you will make a lot of unpleasant sounds before you start sounding great- and that's okay! I'll be there to guide you and help you reach your goals.

If you're already an experience player, you can expect me "workshopping" your technique. We will analyze your form, practice patterns, and playing style, to ensure that you are growing and improving from the moment we begin. I will push you to become the most expressive player that you can become, but at a pace that feels comfortable for you.

What young students can expect:

- Preparing for entry into school orchestra
- Polishing up school orchestra repertoire
- Learning new material and scales
- Perfecting their technique
- Preparing for NYSSMA
- Preparing college audition tapes (I do have the ability to record these as well)
- Learning to play with confidence
- Learning vibrato

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About Dayna
Hello!,

My classical training began at age 10, when I started to play the viola. From there, I was able to translate my musical skills to violin, guitar, piano, voice, composition, and songwriting.

Originally a biology major at SUNY Purchase College, I quickly became restless knowing that I was unable to focus on music enough. So, I switched it up, followed my passion, and began studying music theory and production. Since then, my life has been focused on teaching, performing, writing, and recording music- and I wouldn't have it any other way!
It's been quite a journey, and I can't wait to share all that I've learned along the way with you.

Whether you are just starting out, or are looking to further the knowledge you already have, I will meet you at where you are, and help you to achieve your personal goals.

Together we can work o
n technique, theory, improvisation, ear-training, songwriting, and more!
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Franklin B. February 13, 2019
· Violin · Online
Great teacher of the violin! Always patient and supportive. Not going to make you feel bad if you mess up, but still encourages to push yourself further.
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Danial January 31, 2019
· Classical Guitar · Online
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Veronique October 24, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
I am a beginner and I was very nervous about taking guitar lessons at first. However, Miss Dayna made it so easy for me to learn by using relatable words to explain the techniques and concepts involved with playing guitar. Great teacher!
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About Jocelyn D.

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Bryn Mawr, PA
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I am an experienced classical viola teacher who has been teaching for 5 years from ages 5-16, beginner to advanced! I focus heavily on technique and foundations so the student has a well rounded music education and confidence in the viola that they can take with them forever. For beginners I use the Suzuki books, I Can Read Music series, String Builder series and Winning Rhythms. For more advanced violists I use the Introduction to the Positions series and etude books such as Wohlfahrt and Kreuzer.

About Jocelyn
My name is Jocelyn and I have been playing the violin and viola for 13 years and teaching for 5 years. I am principal viola of the Bryn Mawr-Haverford Orchestra and I also am part of a chamber music group. In high school, I was in the Maryland All-State Orchestra for four years and was in the Maryland Classic Youth Orchestra (MCYO), one of the most prestigious orchestras in Maryland, for four years. During my summers, I attended the Interlochen Center for the Arts high school music program. I have been taught by musicians from the National Symphony Orchestra and National Philharmonic.
My students improve significantly since our first lessons. One of my first students whom I now give Skype lessons to successfully got into one of the best orchestras in the DC area and is now principal (1st chair) of the viola section of that orchestra. A
nother student, who I started teaching when they were six years old, is now a year later on Suzuki book 2, Wohlfahrt Etudes and is learning third position as a seven year old.
I use a comprehensive set of books that teach theory, rhythm and pieces that I use to teach students how to prepare and perform "performance ready" pieces.
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Bridget May 13, 2019
· Violin · In home
Jocelyn is punctual and courteous. She was flexible and responsive via email. She is a great fit for an outgoing child.
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Amy January 18, 2018
· Violin · In home
Jocelyn was very professional and patient with my daughter who is just a beginner. We are excited to see progress from week to week!
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Ruchin October 22, 2017
· Violin · In home
Jocelyn came to our home and worked with our son. She was very patient and kind with him and was able to find what to correct on the first lesson! She recommended some books for us to buy and I think that she will be a great teach for him.
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About Ferenc C.

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Las Vegas, NV

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Whether you're a beginner looking to explore a new instrument, or a young professional preparing for an orchestral or college audition, I'm eager to share my passion of music and teaching experience with you. Throughout my teaching and performing career, I have been highly successful at helping students bring out the very best they can offer. Many of my students got accepted to study at major universities and music conservatories, and/or earned positions at orchestras or teaching institutions.

I'm strict and have very high expectations, but I was also praised for being encouraging and supportive. I strongly believe in the power of music, and the many benefits of learning a musical instrument.

About Ferenc
Music has been my greatest passion all my life. Originally from the former Yugoslavia (of Hungarian descent), I earned all my degrees in violin performance: an Artist Diploma (5 yrs.) from the Franz Liszt Academy (conservatory) of Music in Budapest, Hungary, a Master's Degree from SIU-Carbondale, and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison). I've been teaching for 22 years, of which 18 years also as a full-time university professor (mainly at the University of Idaho). Currently I teach at several locations in Las Vegas and Henderson, NV.

Besides teaching, I've been active as a soloist and chamber musician (mainly piano trio and string quartet) as well as in orchestral playing (with more than a dozen professional orchestras, including the Las Vegas Philharmonic, Spokane Symphony, Wichita Grand Opera
, and Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra).
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Tomoko May 13, 2019
· Viola · In studio
Strict but friendly teacher. Have tons of experience teaching youth, my kids love their lessons.
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Carolina March 28, 2019
· Violin · Online
We live in a small place that doesn't have a violin instructor, and although my spouse was initially skeptical about trying lessons online, we are now so happy we did it. Ferenc knows his profession very well, and it is so convenient to get the lessons online.
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Jennifer December 7, 2018
· Violin · Online
Ferenc is simply the best teacher and performer we've come across. Both of our kids are currently working with him, and they are progressing very well. His fees are reasonable for the expertise my kids are getting. Highly recommended!
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Ferenc C.

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About Kimberly N.

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Uniondale, NY
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A bit of everything! During a lesson with me, students and I will work on classical pieces as well as music choices the student is interested in learning. Students of all ages are welcome to learn!

About Kimberly
Hello all! My name is Kim. Just a few traits about me is that I am positive, patient, and hard working. I am here to help you progress in learning your instrument as well as your love for all kinds of music.
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Kimberly N.

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About Jerry M.

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Middleburg, FL

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My name is Jerry. I LOVE music and passing my knowledge on to others. I have played many different instruments in many different kinds of bands. It all one major thing in common, it was FUN! If you are not having fun while learning an instrument you won't want to learn. Lessons can be fun AND educational at the same time. I have had many parents tell me I'm one of the best teachers they have ever seen. (A couple of them were public school teachers themselves). I truly want my students to succeed and I will do everything in my power to help them accomplish that!

About Jerry
My name is Jerry. I LOVE music and passing my knowledge on to others. I have played many different instruments in many different kinds of bands/groups. They all had one major thing in common, it was FUN! If you are not enjoying learning an instrument you won't want to learn. Lessons can be fun AND educational at the same time. I have had many parents tell me I'm one of the best teachers they have ever seen. (A couple of them were public school teachers themselves). I truly want my students to succeed and I will do everything in my power to help them accomplish that!
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Halsey April 11, 2019
· Tuba · In studio
Jerry is knowledgeable and enthusiastic. I’m looking forward to our series.
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Dennis March 4, 2019
· Guitar · In studio
Very knowledgeable, helpful, hands on and patient. Good for ALL ages! As an adult, I have seen and experienced it myself, adults, and kids alike, love working with him!! Jerry is very interactive and keeps everything interesting and fun!! Jerry makes it easy to understand and easy to follow. Good things always take time, but Jerry seems to make the time go fast with his instruction. I would absolutely, 100% recommend Jerry Moody!!! Probably one of the BEST Instructors I’ve ever known.
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Jim March 2, 2019
· Guitar · In studio
Very professional and thorough. Great instruction highly recommended
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