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About Justin W.

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Louisville, KY

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Justin W. is a professional performer, composer, and educator based in Louisville, Kentucky. Justin received his Bachelor of Music Performance in Voice from the University of North Florida and his Master of Music in Choral Conducting at the University of Louisville. He has performed alongside the Louisville Chamber Choir, Louisville Orchestra, Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, and Brevard Symphony Orchestra, and has toured internationally with the prestigious University of Louisville Cardinal Singers under the direction of Dr. Kent Hatteberg.
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Jackson M. February 13, 2018
· Piano · In home
It was my first lesson! I think he will teach me a lot!
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Mackenzie February 12, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Justin is very knowledgeable, patient and charismatic. I am just getting back into lessons as an adult and I’m so glad I decided to go this route instead of teaching myself online. Highly recommend!
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Sean C. October 10, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Justin has been great. My son has progressed faster than I did when I was his age. Also he has begun composing and Justin has helped him with that too as well as music theory. A lot to fit in in six months!
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About Valyncia V.

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About Valyncia
I believe everyone has the ability to sing … some better than others, of course, -- but regardless, I believe every voice can make a beautiful sound. I believe learning to sing requires team work: with the proper instruction and learning tools from me, the instructor, and with the dedication (practice, practice, practice) from you, the student, a well-rounded singer can emerge. If you can hear the proper note, I can help your vocal instrument play to its fullest abilities.

I began singing when I was five years old in church. I continued singing exclusively inspirational music until I was a teenager. At that time, in addition to the second soprano part I sang in a five-part harmony a Capella (without instrumental accompaniment) Gospel group, I also sang in a few bands (Rhythm and Blues, Jazz, and Rock). My undergraduate studies we
re completed at the American University, where I majored in Communications (B.A.), and minored in Music, voice being my instrument. During my undergraduate studies, I was recruited and performed as the lead female vocalist for a Rock band that a few fellow music students had formed. While in college, I was trained in classical voice, piano, music theory, musical theater performance, and vocal pedagogy (vocal training). My vocal pedagogy studies credentialed me to become a professional vocal instructor. I began teaching voice after I earned my degree, and have been teaching private voice lessons for over ten years.

Most of my present expertise in teaching voice grew from my vocal pedagogy studies, my teaching experience which has developed over time, my own personal vocal dedication, and my training and understanding of various genres of vocal performance. My present singing career is as an inspirational singer; my vocal students encompass various genres in which I have experience, including: Inspirational, Rhythm and Blues, Jazz, Rock, Classical, as well as various degrees of popular music.

*** Audition Preparation ***
I have coached many of my students to prepare for auditions: auditions to be accepted into performing arts schools, parts in musicals and plays, joining a band or vocal ensemble, as well as auditions for televised singing shows, such as "The Voice," "Sunday's Best," "American Idol" and "The X Factor."

*** Lesson Details ***
I teach students by using the tried and true techniques I have found to be successful, and allow the student to be my guide as to which direction to take with his or her vocal training. Whether the student is a novice, a professional, or somewhere in between, each student, after obtaining the basic singing knowledge and techniques, will have a vocal training schedule geared to his or her individual needs and development. Lessons are for the most part very casual in nature, and the student’s dedication (practice, practice, practice) will dictate whether or not the lessons become stricter. A few months into the vocal instruction, students will be given the opportunity to learn more about reading music and sight singing, if he or she so chooses, as well as vocal performance techniques for singing in front of an audience. Within one year, dedicated students may also have the opportunity to show off what they have learned, and perform in front of an audience at a recital with other vocal students. Please note that my preference is to work with teens age 13 through adults of any age. I believe that younger voices need more time to develop and stand to be damaged if too much stress is put on them too soon. However, exceptions for children under 13 may be made for gifted young singers.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Home studio- entry room of home, baby grand piano, seating area, dry erase board, mirrors
Music Studio- one recording studio, seating area, classroom

*** Travel Equipment ***
If needed, I provide a portable piano keyboard, microphone with amplifier, paper handouts of lessons, etc. The student needs to have paper to take notes and a writing instrument.

*** Specialties ***
Most of my voice lesson experience has been with adults, and contemporary popular and inspirational music.
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Jonathan December 29, 2017
· Singing · In home
She’s very knowledgeable and patient with help you achieve your goals.
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mildred July 24, 2017
· Singing · In studio
I really enjoy taking lesson with Valyncia, she is so
kind and very knowledgeable. I enjoy talking to her each visit. She is very patience with you and will work with you until you get it. I really enjoy spending my time with her on saturdays.
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Spencer April 10, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Got these lessons for my wife; excellent teacher and excellent improvement in my wife's singing ability
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About Scott K.

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Goleta, CA
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Scott has been teaching music for over 25 years. His method has evolved over time to meet the demands of changing musical styles and he has developed plenty of material to help students achieve their musical goals. His ambitions for each student are simple- he wants them to enjoy music and experience a sense of accomplishment from the learning process. In short, Scott works to make lessons fun and educational! Most beginning pupils will learn to play a song in the first couple of lessons. Handouts and music tracks are used to enhance the lessons.

Everyone is unique in how and what they want to learn. Scott uses positive encouragement to teach what is needed for the next step with the instrument. Students learn technique for dexterity, songs for the ear and theory so they understand the why's in music.

His training started at GIT (
Guitar Institute of Technology) in Hollywood where he gleaned 30+ yrs. of information from world renowned guitarists and musicians. Scott went on to graduate from Belmont University with honors in Composition and Arranging. Playing in Rock, R&B, Country, Classical and Jazz original and cover bands has enhanced his skills and made him a well rounded musician. He has the ability to teach these styles and make a living playing them.

Scott teaches all levels of students from beginner to advanced as well as the "signed artist" who have recording deals and need a little extra coaching. He has taught well known musician's family members and many of Scott's former students have gone on to make a career of their own in music as teachers, performers or composers.

"I enjoy music so much that it has always been a pleasure to pass on the knowledge of playing music."
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Rush April 27, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
I took weekly electric guitar lessons with Scott from 2004 to 2012. He is without a doubt an extremely talented, enthusiastic, and compassionate teacher. Whether he was helping me learn basic chords or teaching me complicated songs, Scott never wavered in his dedication to teaching. Over the eight years as his student, Scott gave constructive criticism in a courteous manner. He was on time, inquisitive about the songs and music I was listening to, and ended lesson with new material for me to practice. I wholeheartedly recommend Scott to any aspiring guitar student.
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Goleta, CA 93117
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About Rich J.

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Encino, CA

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About Rich
Rich has been teaching private lessons since 2010 and is currently available to teach lessons at your home and online. Rich has helped students from beginners to advanced improve their musical abilities and perform with confidence.

Rich received his training at NYU in 2011where he received a degree in Music Education and Technology. As an expert in his field, Rich looks forward to helping new students achieve their goals. Rich's teaching style is inspiring, challenging, and fun.
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Dedee April 2, 2018
· Piano · In home
He's great!
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Braxten & Maximus P. March 29, 2018
· Piano · In home
AWESOME!
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Paula February 23, 2018
· Clarinet · In studio
Rich has been a wonderful and patient teacher for my 3rd grader as she begins clarinet. His encouragement helps keep her going!
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Rich J.

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About Andrea K.

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Santa Barbara, CA

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I was born and raised in Germany where I spent most of my life. As long as I can think I've always loved music, and soon after I got my first guitar at the age of 13 I started to write songs. I moved to the US in 2011 and worked as a music director for a local non denominational church for the last 6 years, working with and leading bands, playing acoustic and electric guitar as well as bass. Before I moved to Santa Barbara I travelled throughout Europe to play concerts and I published 2 CDs with original songs. You can find my music on iTunes.
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Jenna F. June 12, 2018
· German · Online
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Betzhi February 28, 2018
· Acoustic Guitar · In home
Both of my kids take lessons from Andrea and positively adore her! She challenges them and brings so much to each and every lesson. She is patient, thorough and extraordinarily knowledgeable. We all LOVE our time with her! I cannot think of a better guitar and uke teacher!
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Jonas January 29, 2018
· Acoustic Guitar · Online
I really enjoy taking acoustic guitar lessons. Andrea is a very talented musician and a gifted teacher. She gives amazing materials alongside with great advice on how to get your guitar playing to the next level. I really enjoy the freedom of choosing my own songs and being challenged after every lesson I take.
I take lesson over FaceTime, because I live in Germany. The connection is really good and Andrea does a great job following up with additional materials.
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Santa Barbara, CA 93103
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About Maria H.

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Astoria, NY

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A contemporary cellist and champion of current music, Maria has been described as a “stunning” and “brilliant” musician, performing with a natural spunk. A resident of Queens, NY, Maria has performed in venues around the city ranging from recital halls and churches to DIY venues. Her performances have also brought her across the northeast, Canada, and Europe, to festivals such as the Bang on a Can Summer Festival at Mass MoCA, Montreal Contemporary Music Lab, Atlantic Music Festival, where she was part of the resident Contemporary Ensemble, and to the Klangspuren International Ensemble Modern Academy Festival in Austria.

Her work with ensembles reflects her stalwart commitment to new music; the 2017-18 season has seen her play as a core member in Ensemble Mise-en. She can also be heard playing around the city with ShoutHouse, Stark
Raving, and Ghost Ensemble, String Orchestra of Brooklyn and The Chelsea Symphony. In 2016, she focused much attention to her project Phoenix Quartet, which performed almost exclusively Olivier Messiaen's Quartet for the End of Time and commissioned works inspired by it.

Miss Maria is also thrilled to be apart of musicals. Recently, she has been heard playing in productions of Nine with Manhattan School of Music's Musical Theatre Department, Sondheim on Sondheim with Fire Island Performing Arts Project, and a new musical, Brontes, about the literary Bronte sisters as part of Theatre in Asylum. In the past, she's been grateful to play in productions of Sweeney Todd, Into the Woods, and a new musical Marry Harry.

Miss Maria is a Presser Scholar and recipient of the President's Award for the Purchase College Conservatory of Music. She earned a BM with a History Minor from Purchase College, where she studied with Julia Lichten, and Miss Maria recently completed a Masters Degree in Contemporary Performance from Manhattan School of Music under the tutelage of Fred Sherry.

Away from the instrument, Maria enjoys boxing, crossword puzzles, board games, and reading big books about American history. Currently, she is in the middle of Ron Chernow's Washington. She also works with kids after school teaching chess, percussion, and science.
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Yoonju February 20, 2018
· Cello · In home
I really enjoyed our first lesson :)
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Maria H.

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About Brad S.

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Los Angeles, CA

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About Brad
Hi there,

I'm Bradley. I've been in love with electronic music and sounds since I was a young lad. Since then, I've spent most of my time learning every in and out of creating, producing, mixing, and synthesizing electronic music. Ableton live has been my weapon of choice since the beginning and I have developed my own way to move around the program as quickly and efficiently as possible. Being an analytical person I have gone deep into Ableton to learn even the most minor details.

I know all the stock Ableton plug ins so if you'd like to keep it more basic... I got you. I also know a plethora of 3rd party plug ins, so if you want to explore...I got you.

I've been tutoring for about 3 years now. I can teach Ableton Live to you fast or slow, detailed or vague.

I even was working with the creators of Ableton Live a few years
back when they asked to join one of my personal writing sessions. They wanted to see how I used the program and learn from me for any future updates.

Keep in mind I produce many genres of music such as EDM, Pop and Rap ect.

I'd love to learn more about you and your goals. Talk soon!
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Casandra April 22, 2018
· Ableton · In home
Brad was patient and caring with my son. He took the time to see where Jacob's skill level was then went from there. I enjoyed his enthusiasm as much as Jacob did!
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Michael April 22, 2018
· Ableton · Online
I really appreciated Brad's patience and thoroughness. It really allowed me to learn as much as I could with lesson with him.
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Michael April 21, 2018
· Ableton · Online
What I liked about Brad was that he took the time to understand my goals and then based his teaching around that. Some people move too fast or too slow but he made sure to learn where I was at and go from there.
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About Jason T.

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Columbia, MD
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My name is Jason Tran and I’ve been obsessed with guitar since 2007. I started out with the big classic influences, such as Metallica, Megadeth, Led Zeppelin, and progressed to explore music of various genres, such as Snarky Puppy (I follow most band members), Plini, Animals as Leaders, CHON, Cory Wong, Moonchild, Funky Knuckles, Mateus Asato, Lari Basilio...etc. I also follow various non-guitar players (vocalists, keyboard players, saxophonists, bassists, drummers...etc) to enrich my playing beyond the traditions of the 6-string guitar. As a result I'm well versed in blues, funk, jazz, fusion, rock, metal, pop. I possess an efficient self-taught approach to learning: using resources online, I taught myself music theory, such as the modes of natural major, harmonic and melodic minor, diminished and augmented scales. I would be a great ins
tructor as I’m naturally in tune with student’s needs, learning styles and comfort level. If you’re looking for a creative and versatile, modern guitar player who can teach as well as they can play, and a budding mixing engineer/music producer, look no further.
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Jason T.

Jason T.

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About Billy M.

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Houston, TX

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I’m a professional pianist, I got my Bachelor degree in piano performance in one of the best music schools—Oberlin Conservatory, at the mean time receiving four year scholarships. Then finished my Master degree in Moore’s school of music, study with the well known piano teacher— Prof. Nancy Weems.
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Billy M.

Billy M.

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About Michael S.

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Columbia, TN

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Guitar and bass is hard enough and the word "fun" should come into the picture somewhere. New musicians need a balance of information explained correctly and the comfort of having the right instructor to get you to where you want to be as a player. Having studied at three music universities and numerous private music instructors, I'm able to bring the best information about songwriting, producing, performing in the studio, music theory, reading music on acoustic/electric and bass guitar to the new players of today. With a professional career of over 40 years and after working with over 50 major recording artists and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame members such as Crosby, Stills and Nash, Donna Summer, Olivia Newton John, Joe Walshe, Jackson Browne and Ringo Starr to name a few, my experience is what allows me to bring the new players into the
world of music. I have a solid reputation as a top guitar and bass instructor with credits and references if needed. I also teach special needs students. I welcome your call and interest. I will answer any questions you may have. Start playing guitar today.
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Michael S.

Michael S.

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