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Gabrielle E.

Carnegie, PA

About Gabrielle

Originally from Baltimore, classical pianist Gabrielle E. studied at Peabody Preparatory with a focus in performance and music theory. Later, she moved to Pittsburgh and received her Bachelor's Degree in Music Performance from Duquesne University and her Master's of Music Degree in Music Technology: Composition/Piano. She has won the Spring Piano Competition of the Duquesne Piano Department for three years in a row. She frequently records all periods of repertoire and also many original compositions. She has a strong passion for performing and writing the highest quality of music. If you are c
onsidering becoming a professional musician or are just interested in developing a rewarding hobby, she will help you accomplish your musical goals.

*** Lesson Details ***
First and foremost I want any potential student to know that I thoroughly enjoy teaching and want to help you explore your hidden talents and reach your fullest potential. With that in mind, the learning environment in my studio is relaxed and fun. I never condescend or put pressure on a student who makes mistakes. I encourage students to try new techniques and make mistakes along the way. I also work very closely with my students to achieve their own personal goals. I know that there are many different types of learners who all have different aspirations and I feel it is my job to ensure that my students are satisfied with their progress. I understand that someone hoping to attend a conservatory will have different needs than a small child. I promise to give nothing less than the highest quality teaching in an environment conducive to learning.

For piano students, I will spend much time on proper technique and making sure the student does not compromise the wrist, fingers, arms, or back which may create discomfort later. In the first 3-6 months a student can expect to learn technique, repertoire, and basic musicianship skills such as sight reading and transposition.

Composition/ Songwriting students will be coached according to what their specific goals and interests are. I incorporate the technical aspects of writing music along with music business which will help students get their music played and recorded.

Music theory students will practice skills such as four part writing, melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic dictation, modulation, roman numeral analysis, sight singing, and score analysis.

I do encourage the use of specific curricula but I am always willing to explore something new if you have a preference or have found success with something else. I hope that music will give my students lifelong enjoyment and I encourage you to come make music with me.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Aeolian Baby Grand Piano

*** Travel Equipment ***
I expect piano students to have their own piano but beginning students can start out on a keyboard if need be. Also, students are responsible for purchasing all books and materials for lessons.

*** Specialties ***
*Teachers classified as a Student Favorite have taught a minimum of 25
lessons and have received the highest feedback rating from students.I specialize in classical piano in all eras from baroque through twenty-first century music. I also am trained in various compositional styles including baroque through twentieth century harmony as well as jazz, pop, and songwriting.
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Lynnette June 26, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Wonderful first lesson!
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Skye P. January 24, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Gabrielle was a great choice, she was knowledgeable and very patient. My Granddaughter loved her. She can't wait until her next scheduled lesson.
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Anna A. September 1, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
She is very nice. My daughter likes her very much. She explains very good. Excellent teacher. Definitely recommend!
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Gabrielle E.

Gabrielle E.

Carnegie, PA 15106
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$30 / 30-min
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Cory P.

Pittsburgh, PA

About Cory

I grew up around Atlanta, GA and started playing piano when I was around 7 years old and bass and guitar when I was 11. Most of my education has been on the upright bass. I've studied classical bass performance at major music schools on the east coast and in the midwest. I've studied and worked with musicians from many of the great orchestras around the world.

I enjoy working with students who are just coming to the bass, guitar, or piano for the first time and getting them started with music in a rewarding way as well as more advanced students that need finer musical direction or auditi
on coaching.

*** Lesson Details ***
I try to keep a relaxed environment while still being motivating and inspiring. I tailor lessons around what the individual student's goals are. There are materials that I like to use with most students but I'm open to using anything that meets the needs and desires of the student.

I try to find a nice balance of technique work and music. It's important to develop healthy technique from the very beginning. It's very easy to develop bad habits that can have serious health risks down the road (i.e. tendonitis, carpal tunnel, back pain, etc.) that can make it difficult if not impossible to keep playing. I've spent many years undoing bad habits that I developed from the first years that I played bass without any formal instruction. Yoga, Alexander technique, massage, and many great teachers have helped me overcome the issues I had and have helped me develop healthy habits. I try to pass this education on to my students so that they can have an enjoyable and healthy experience with music for the rest of their lives.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Piano and music stand. Living room with seating for parents.

The students need to provide their own bass and bow or guitar and music.

*** Specialties ***
Classical. I have studied with members of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, and New York Philharmonic and my teaching and playing reflect the traditions of these teachers and orchestras.
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Skip F. September 14, 2016
Upright Bass · Online
Verified Student
For the second time in a row we have been unable to coordinate the communication using this software or Facetime. Someone please get back to me.
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Skip F. September 8, 2016
Upright Bass · Online
Verified Student
Cory was great. Unfortunately the software left something to be desired which we solved by switching to Face Time
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Denise September 8, 2015
Piano · In studio
very patient, talented. My 5 years daughter likes him very much.
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Cory P.

Pittsburgh, PA 15216
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starting at
$25 / 30-min
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Sam K.

Oakdale, PA

About Sam

I play and teach Guitar (Electric/Acoustic), Bass (Electric/Upright), 5-String Banjo (Bluegrass and Old-timey), Violin/Fiddle, Mandolin, Dobro, Pedal Steel Guitar and Lap Steel Guitar, Ukulele, Piano and Piano Accordion. I have been teaching in the Pittsburgh area for over 20 years and owned my music studio/store for over 10 years. I have instructional book/cd(s) and instruments for purchase or rentals usually available on-site. I am experienced and friendly. Parking lot is free and off-street.
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Karen May 27, 2016
Banjo · In studio
I went into banjo lessons not knowing if I could master the instrument or not, being nearly 70 years old. While by no means a master (and never going to be), I have learned so much from Sam and he has shown such patience with me. I often leave my lessons wondering how he ever puts up with me - but he does. His encourgement, laid-back style, expertise and knowledge of music (plus theory) and the banjo is impressive. His good nature makes my lessons so much more pleasant. I would say Sam is a a great teacher for both a beginner or an accomplished musician or in between. He likes to talk and demonstrate (nice and slowly if requested) so I would recommend hour-long lessons at first.
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D. B. February 4, 2016
Banjo · In studio
Four lessons with Sam have been amazing. I had previous banjo lessons and plodded from one song to the next. Sam has expanded the entire scope of music for me. I continue with the lesions and enjoy music much more
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Devyn February 3, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Sam was wonderful with my daughter. He took the time to show her around his studio and explained some of the instruments to her. He even let her play a few. That helped her relax a bit and enjoy her first lesson.
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Sam K.

Pittsburgh, PA 15234
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Susanna S.

Pittsburgh, PA

About Susanna

Susanna S. has been teaching private lessons for over 20 years and is currently available to teach weekly lessons at her home in Pittsburgh, PA, at your home within 5 miles or online via the TakeLessons Classroom, Skype, Facetime, Google Hangouts . Susanna S. has helped students improve their playing abilities on violin, viola, and cello, to successfully audition for youth orchestras, competitions, college auditions and ASTA or PMEA events, provides traditional classical training on violin, viola, and cello and shares her passion for music. In addition, I will provide instruction on music th
eory as part of instrumental lessons or provide individual music theory lessons.

Susanna received her training at State University of New York in 1991 where she received a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Music and from University of Denver in 2000 where she received a Masters in Music. She has studied with Sol Grietzer, Karen Dreyfus and Basil Vendryes. In addition, she received her Music Education Certification in 1995 from Carnegie Mellon University. As an expert in her field, Susanna looks forward to helping new students achieve their goals. Susanna teaching style is positive, patient and constructive, focused on the individual student's needs, and enjoyable. Susanna will work at your pace.

I am currently accepting new students. I recommend weekly lessons for all students to ensure good progress. I can provide information on purchasing or renting an instrument if needed. You can check my availability on my schedule and sign up for lessons with TakeLessons.com. Please e-mail me with any questions or about available times for lessons. I will respond quickly. Thank you for your interest and consideration.
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Vishwa V. September 22, 2016
Viola · Online
Verified Student
I son enjoys viola lessons with Susanna. She guides him well and clarifies all his doubts. Very patient.
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Jamie M. September 13, 2016
Cello · In studio
Verified Student
I have started cello lessons back in June. Susanna is someone who will go at your pace, & is very patient with you. I grew up learning how to read music, so I was able to get through the first book pretty quickly. She has helped me set a new goal so that when I become unmotivated to practice, I can remember what my main goal is. I have an early lesson, so I tend to be a little sassy... She does amazingly with handling my sass & dishing it right back out at me. She makes the difficult lessons more fun, & enjoyable. I would reach out to her if you are looking for a teacher who is flexible, patient, & a joy to learn from.
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Kara N. September 8, 2016
Violin · Online
Verified Student
One lesson with Susanna and I'm sold! So excited for our future sessions together.
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Susanna S.

Pittsburgh, PA 15218
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David B.

Latrobe, PA

About David

Hi, there! My name is David B. and I look forward to meeting you! I've been teaching private lessons since 1994 and have loved helping my students learn music in a way that not only increases their skill and knowledge, but also builds self esteem, allows for creative expression of themselves and creates lifelong music lovers. I went to St. Vincent College and earned a degree in music education, with a voice concentration and studies in piano and organ, in 1998. I'm a positive, helpful person and my teaching style is demanding yet patient. I strive to push students to be their very best,
yet am patient while working to overcome the stumbling blocks we all encounter when learning. I look forward to helping you reach your goals!
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Angelina P. July 21, 2016
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
David took the time to talk to Angelina and got to know her. I thought he got a lot accomplished at the first lesson and we look forward to another one.
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Jon May 12, 2016
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Made me feel good and less nervous.
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David B.

David B.

Jeannette, PA 15644
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starting at
$20 / 30-min

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