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Stacey S.

Covington, KY

I work with all students on performance practices. Topics covered include how to deal with nerves, stage presence, emotional connection, proper technique, confidence, and poise.

About Stacey

Stacey is a professional soprano known as an active performer in the Cincinnati area. Stacey has sung for 9 seasons with the Cincinnati Opera as a member of the core chorus and sings with Cincinnati's professional chamber choir the Vocal Arts Ensemble. She also sings with the North American New Opera Workshop.

Stacey has studied piano from the age of 5 and is great for beginning or intermediate piano students.

Stacey has taught students of all ages and with various musical styles. Her students have included professional ballet dancers with Broadway aspirations, an 8-year-old girl
simply wanting to break out of her shyness, and high school students preparing for College auditions. Her students have performed in nationally known rock bands, been accepted into College music programs, they have been members of the May festival Youth Chorus, the Kentucky Governor'€™s School for the Arts, and have traveled to Europe with competitive touring choirs.

Stacey's operatic performing credits include Autumn in Charles Halka's Layover with NANOworks Opera, the Mother in Amahl and Night Visitors with the Clermont Philharmonic Orchestra, Testo in Il Combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda with the College-Conservatory of Music , Mimi from Puccini'€™s La Boheme in the CCM's Opera scenes program, Donna Donna in P.D.Q Bach'€™s The Abduction of Figaro , 1st Lady in Mozart's Die Zauberflöte and Juno in Offenbach'€™s Orpheus in the Underworld all at the DePauw University Opera Theatre. Other partial roles/scenes performed include Suzel in Mascangi'€™s Lamico Fritz, Countess in Mozart'€™s Le Nozze di Figaro, and Fiordiligi in Mozart's Cosi Fan Tutte.

More than just singing opera Stacey is known for her versatility as a classical singer regularly doing cross over work. She regularly gigs as a jazz/popular singer accompanying herself on the piano. Her musical theater performing credits include Mama in Everybody'€™s Buddy: The Buddy LaRosa Story, Shelia in Hair with DePauw University, Ensemble/Soprano Soloist in Sweeny Todd, Sonia in Godspell with the Lakeside Players and Yonah in Children of Eden with the Lakeside Players.

Stacey received her Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance from the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music where she studied with Barbara Paver. She graduated magna cum laude from DePaul University with a B.M. in Vocal Performance. She studied with Caroline Smith and Stanley Irwin.

Stacey is originally from Florence, Kentucky and takes pride in impacting her home community through music.

*** Lesson Details ***
Stacey is known for adapting lessons for the individual. Each body is unique and thus each vocal instrument is unique. Stacey takes time to get to know each student and caters to their specific needs and goals. She believes in well rounded performers working often on dramatic intentions, overall professionalism, and stage presence. She also prepares her students with their audition packages and stresses the importance of regular performance. Stacey is a very open and caring individual but expects hard work from her students.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Yamaha upright piano, Yamaha portable keyboard

*** Travel Equipment ***
I have a portable keyboard. I expect a semi private space to teach.

*** Specialties ***
Opera, Broadway, Choral Vocals
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Ashley P. August 17, 2015
Music Performance · In home
My daughter Ashley has studied with Stacey for over 2 years. She is a wonderful teacher. She is very patient and makes lessons fun but productive. She wants the very best for her students and works very hard to make sure that they excel in their chosen field of music. Stacey always made sure that Ashley was prepared for upcoming competitions, college auditions and even helped her find scholarship opportunities.Stacey has also worked with numerous other students that Ashley attended school with and they absolutely love her as well. I would highly recommend Stacey to anyone in need of a good music instructor.
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Alison K. August 7, 2015
Singing · In home
Verified Student
I can't wait for the next lesson!! :) It was great and I'm super excited to keep working with Stacey!
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Karen T. August 6, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Stacey was great, very encouraging and knowledgeable. I am looking forward to next week!
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Stacey S.

Stacey S.

Covington, KY 41011
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$25 / 30-min
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Jon A.

Cincinnati, OH

I have been performing anything from Classical and Jazz guitar both solo as well as ensemble, and have extensively gigged as a part of bands in styles ranging from acoustic duos and trios to full blown metal and classic rock bands. I am currently the guitarist in a modern and classic country band called 90 Proof Twang and have opened for acts such as Darius Rucker, Little Texas, Keith urban, Luke Bryan and many many more.

About Jon

I have been playing guitar since the age of 9. I have studied Classical, and Jazz at CCM's Prep Dept. in middle school and throughout high school as well as rock, folk, country etc. with other local teachers. I started teaching lessons at the age of 18 in local music stores and have never stopped. While doing this I attended The College of Mount St. Joseph where I studied Classical and Jazz guitar as well as Music Ed. In addition to my 22 years of private lesson experience, I have 2 years of classroom experience teaching general music in elementary schools. I believe it is my years as a s
tudent and instructor that enable me to be an effective teacher, having had learned what worked for me as a student, and what has shown to work as a teacher.

*** Lesson Details ***
I cater my lesson to the individual. I like for students to have a structured practice routine and working knowledge of music and their instrument, but it has to be fun. I have students who learn Classical, rock, and Jazz. Each lesson is different. Some people just want to be able to play their favorite songs by a camp fire, and others want to go on to perform at Carnegie Hall. I enjoy teaching both lessons and put forth the same enthusiasm for each one. You get out of the guitar or bass what you put into it in terms of learning and practicing. The level of achievement is up to you, I will help guide you to meet your goals regardless of how large or small they are.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Spare music room: guitars, amps, bass; computer with recording software, ProTools seating for parents

*** Travel Equipment ***
I have all the equipment necessary. I would like the student to have an instrument, but if not I can provide one for the lesson.

*** Specialties ***
I'm really pretty versatile. Over 18 years of teaching anywhere from 80 to 100 students a week will do that.
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Matthew L. August 21, 2015
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
I have been working with Jon for coming up on a year and i am thrilled. a great guy who has the knowledge/skill with the guitar, but also excellent ability to communicate. even when i couldn't get something (my own inability) he found other ways of presenting/teaching that make a difference - i highly recommend Jon for beginners (i was one) and experienced players alike
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Tricia R. January 20, 2014
Guitar
Verified Student
Amazing Teacher

Jon is a great teacher, I went in not having any experiance. Jon has taken his time with me and Ive learned so much in the month that I have been taking lessons. All and all hes the perfect guy for the job.
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Hyman B. November 20, 2012
Verified Student
Amazing teacher!

Jon is a very good teacher. He takes the time to explain the concepts of the lesson for the week and then presents a good example of style and technique to help make me a better player.
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Jon A.

Jon A.

Cincinnati, OH 45255
(3)
starting at
$20 / 30-min
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Zaky N.

Independence, KY

About Zaky

Hi, my name is Zak! Music is a beautiful thing. It has the power to give and shape emotions, send a message, move and inspire people. Music, and teaching have always been a big passion in my life. The ability to take knowledge you have, and show and shape someone with those skills. It is an amazing feeling. I am a passionate, and caring instructor. My teaching style is encouraging, motivating, and educational. I think you can do anything you set your mind to, and I use that by showing my students that I believe in them. Using a curriculum that was taught to me, and been used even in schools, a
nd universities, it fits all age and skill levels. Starting with Rock, moving to Funk, ending with Jazz. When drumming playing with music, learning improvisation, and playing by ear is important. I also focus on this, having students learn their favorite songs, and learn to play with new music as well. This keeps students interested, and adds a fun personal element to their lessons. I also have implemented use of a teaching app, so while practicing if students have a question they can ask me right then so to not forget, and I can give feedback. It also has a practice tracker tool. If you have any questions feel free to email me. I look forward to meeting you, and helping you reach your music goals!
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Pragya B G. March 15, 2015
Drum · In home
Verified Student
Good teacher!!
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Regina B. February 27, 2015
Drum · In home
Verified Student
I have nothing but great things to say about Zak N., my daughter's instructor - he is SUPER with her and has given her confidence and the self-esteem she lacked before. I would refer family/friends and others to him in a heartbeat!!! He is the BEST!!!

Zak has gone so far out of his way to accommodate us. He has taken my daughter under his wing, insisting that she surpasses him in his expertise and spends 4 times the amount of time he is getting paid for, just to increase her skills and confidence. This is all while he attends two different colleges on a full-time basis!!! He is simply amazing, and incredibly talented!
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Zaky N.

Zaky N.

Independence, KY 41051
(2)
starting at
$25 / 30-min
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P.J. C.

Cincinnati, OH

Address the many facets of performing music including sound production, ensemble, varying genres and performance anxiety.

About P.J.

P.J. C., double bassist, received his Bachelor and Masters degrees from the Juilliard School under the tutelage of Homer Mensch, Timothy Cobb and Albert Laszlo. As an orchestral bassist, P.J. has performed in concert halls all over the world including China, Denmark, Japan and major U.S. venues. He is a member of the Dayton Philharmonic and a frequent sub with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. A committed chamber musician, P.J. participated in Denmark's Thy Chamber Music Festival as well as the Kennedy Center'™s fifth anniversary of The Conservatory Project, where he collaborated with the cla
ssical fusion trio, Time for Three. As an educator, P.J. is the adjunct double bass professor at Capital University in Columbus, OH. Outside of the classical realm, P.J. passionately explores other genres of music through various bands and small ensembles as well as his bass duet, Low Bros.

Lessons are structured around strengthening aural skills and establishing technical proficiency on the instrument. Using a classical background, lessons can focus on any genre of music or style and be adapted to the needs of students of all ages and ability levels.
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Tricia I. November 25, 2014
Upright Bass · Online
Verified Student
PJ is a great instructor. He is teaching solid basic skills in addition to keeping the content interesting. He provides excellent feedback in a manner which makes our teen want to correct/improve rather than get frustrated or defensive. PJ also went out of his way to meet our regular schedule request and works effectively via Skype. He has been very accommodating and even pushed a lesson out 2 hours when our son got stranded at school one day. We are looking forward to many Great lessons with PJ and I think that our teen's exposure to him will further ignite his passion in music - really, what more could you ask for than that.
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P.J. C.

Cincinnati, OH 45226
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starting at
$20 / 30-min
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Rachel M.

Erlanger, KY

I've been teaching singing professionally for 10 years and my students have gone on to receive gold marks at competitions and land dream roles in musicals. Within the first few lessons, you'll be able to increase your tonal ear, and as time goes on you'll be able to increase your range with power. I specialize in classical and broadway music. I have a large library of music to choose from, but I'm always looking to expand it. I love working with students of all ages and experience levels!

About Rachel

My name is Rachel and I can't wait to meet you! I've been teaching private lessons since 2005 and have loved helping my students prepare for solo & ensemble competitions, expand their voice range, and prepare for auditions. My students have gone from being never-sang-before-in-my-life to hitting the highest marks in competitions and landing the perfect roles in auditions, and I couldn't be prouder of each of them! I went to Olivet Nazarene University and earned a dual degree in Vocal Performance and Worship Music in 2005. I'm a fast-paced and focused person and my teaching style is detailed, w
ell-rounded, and passionate. My music motto is to meld passion and excellence together. I look forward to helping you reach your goals!
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Laura S. March 31, 2015
Vocal Training · In studio
I had done a few shows and sang in choirs before I started lessons with Rachel, but had no one-on-one formal vocal training. I thought singing was just...singing. I had no idea all the technique and science that went into being the best vocalist possible. She expanded my range, helped me learn harmony, and how to sing from my diaphragm and use my whole body to sing . She's patient, funny, and will teach you more than you could even realize !!
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Nick J. March 28, 2015
Vocal Training · In home
Rachel has expanded my vocal range, my ear training and helped with my music theory. In many ways she opened doors I never knew existed. Rachel has been a great vocal coach to me and I know she can help you!
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Rachel M.

Rachel M.

Erlanger, KY 41018
(2)
starting at
$20 / 30-min

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