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David R.

Cary, NC

About David

David discovered his love for music early on at the age of seven with the musical/movie: The Sound of Music. He and his siblings would entertain their babysitter by acting out the entire musical - singing and dancing along with the soundtrack. To make it even more fun, they would sometimes speed up the vinyl record and perform in extra-fast mode! (And that was way before 'Wii - Just Dance!')

He vividly remembers his first real musical instruction back in elementary school:
“Everyone in 4th Grade was given a Recorder to learn how to play 'Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star'. When the
music teacher had the class play together, she noticed that I wasn't looking down at my music booklet as I played, since I was 'playing by ear'. Not only was my booklet turned to the wrong page; it was upside down as well! To admonish me, she had me stand up in front of the whole class and play solo - as she held the booklet in front of me. Enthusiastically, I rendered the complete song correctly, only pretending to read from the page as she held it, but actually 'playing by ear'. Upon getting to the end of the tune, I suddenly broke out in a jazzed-up, improvised version of 'Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star', arousing the whole class to spontaneously tap their feet in rhythm and clap with delight . . . my first solo performance!”

David eventually took up guitar in his teens, becoming involved with playing for musicals such as "Godspell" and "Jesus Christ Superstar". During high school, he also played in the Bluegrass band 'Odell & Zeke', and in the Rock band 'Ring Wraith', performing for local dances and proms.

Extremely versatile within classical and popular guitar styles, David played in the Top-40-Hit music video, Shine Shine, by The Bee Gees' Barry Gibb – alongside pop-star legend - Michael Jackson. David is also mentioned in Just Jazz Guitar Magazine for his jazz endeavors; and he has years of experience as a church music director.

As a Classical concert guitarist, David has performed throughout the USA and Europe. His live performances have been broadcast on television and radio: NPR’s Performance Today (USA); CBC’s Arts National (Canada); RAI Television’s In Concerto (Italy), and the Hungarian National Television. Successful in competitions, David won First Prize in the 20th International Guitar Competition in Milan, Italy and First Prize in the National Wurlitzer Artist Competition, USA. He has received other awards and grants as well, including a Solo Recitalist Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Governor's Award from Department of State, Florida. Moreover, he was chosen for the rosters of both the California State Touring Program and the North Carolina Visiting Artists Program.

David’s 35 years of teaching and performing experience, coupled with intensive years of formal studies with many of the world's greatest guitarists, including Andres Segovia, Eliot Fisk, David Russell, Christopher Parkening, Holzman, Ghiglia, Morgen, Tomas, Isbin - have afforded him a rich and in-depth understanding of music and the guitar. He shares all of this with his students in an insightful and uniquely original manner.

Education:

Florida State University - Master of Music - Guitar Performance

Florida State University - Bachelor of Music - Guitar Performance

Certificates of Professional Study:
- L'Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Italy
- Aspen Music Festival

*** Lesson Details ***
Wouldn't you love to play the music that you enjoy listening to the most?
Ever listen to your very favorite songs on your iPod or on the radio and really wish you could just play along? Well, here's your opportunity! Even if you are just beginning, I can help get you up and strumming in no time! You can choose your favorite songs to play - and I will show you how! Imagine playing along with Taylor Swift, Maroon 5, Fun, Ke$Ha, Demi Lovato, Flo Rida, Alex Clare, Ne-Yo, and more!
And for you adults: imagine playing your favorite songs from the 60's, 70's, and 80's. What a wonderful way to re-kindle all the fun, memories and meaningful songs of your youth!

I am committed to helping you really enjoy and excel in playing the music you love! You will find our lessons fun, interesting, and always inspiring. What better way to be motivated to learn and play, than having fun . . . and enjoying it along the way?!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Separate, professional studio in a nice setting. Lots of windows, art, books make it inviting and cozy. Special separate adjacent room for parents and siblings, allowing parents to watch lessons through glass doors without "intruding".

*** Travel Equipment ***
I carry my own iPad, computer, cd player.
Students should have instrument, capo, music. Ability for student to take video recording/audio recording is helpful. Often, we will use parent's iPhone at end of lesson to record important concepts/techniques/etc.

*** Specialties ***
I am versatile within classical and popular guitar styles: folk, country, rock, new age, praise, bluegrass. My in-depth understanding of music theory, guitar technique, and performance affords me a wealth of practical and artistic experience from which I lead students on their musical journey.
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John W. September 28, 2015
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Great lesson today. I particularly like the focus on fundamentals. David is helping me to refine my guitar playing and thereby open new windows for me. Great sense of humor too.
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Megan O. June 23, 2015
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
David is absolutely fabulous. He is flexible, caring and willing to work at my daughter's pace. Even when she gets frustrated, he stays totally calm and handles it with ease. He keeps things light and fun, but somehow manages to keep her on task at the same time. Best of all, my eight year old daughter is truly loving playing the guitar! I cannot recommend him highly enough.
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Sammy B. June 9, 2015
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
I started lessons with David a couple of months ago unsure about whether I'd stick with guitar lessons at all. I mean, the web is full of tutorials for playing. But I figured I'd give lessons a try.

I have been extremely pleased with my lessons and my progress thus far. Our lessons are a nice mix of learning songs and techniques and always emphasizing what I want to be learning. Considering I'm 39 and years out of school, this is important for me.

David has also been a remarkable teacher for my 8 year old son. Both my wife and I are very happy with the instruction we have received. Yes, David is slightly more expensive than some others here, but you get what you pay for! I wouldn't hesitate to recommend him for anyone looking for lessons.
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David R.

David R.

Cary, NC 27519
(10)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Laudon S.

Durham, NC

About Laudon

When I first heard my dad play "Blackbird," I was hooked. I borrowed my little brother's guitar and started teaching myself from some old Hal Leonard books. There was something so exhilarating about making a piece of wood produce beautiful sounds. Soon I was taking lessons on electric guitar, playing Jimi Hendrix and Eric Clapton. My teacher at the time pushed me toward classical guitar and I starting attending evening classes at the local community college when I was in high school. I fell in love with making music and decided to make it my career. I earned my Bachelor's of Music from Arizona
State University, studying under Frank Koonce. During my first few years there, I focused on technique and commissioning new works for the guitar, while exploring the vast repertoire of music available.

The summer before my senior year, Frank asked me take a look at an edition he was doing for Mel Bay and asked if I would like to help him with it. It was all sixteenth century vihuela and lute music. I spent the summer learning to read old tablature systems and even bought t a cheap lute. Lute music had me entranced and I decided I had to learn to play the instrument. I cut my nails off, and started practicing lute for 6 hours a day, in the hopes of auditioning for a Master's program at one of the few schools that offer them. Luckily, I passed my audition and was admitted into the Eastman School of Music, where I earned my Early Music MM and DMA studying under Paul O'Dette.

Though early music is my focus, I am constantly exploring new musical avenues. I've performed in folk duos, improvisation bands, and composed new works for lute and guitar. I've also coached singers, string players, wind players, and co-directed a staged opera. My goal is to use my diverse musical background to help my students in every way possible.

*** Lesson Details ***
I am here to help you meet your goals! In nine years of teaching, I have taught students who just want to have fun and learn to play guitar, aspiring professionals, and professional musicians. I will tailor my teaching style to your specific needs and will always keep them in mind as we progress. Generally, I use Frederick Noad's "Solo Guitar Playing, vol. I" for classical students and students looking to focus on technique and Hal Leonard's "Guitar Method: Complete Edition" for folk, country, and pop. For students looking to learn play lute or theorbo, I will create a program dependent on the specific period and instrument you are interested in.

In 3 to 6 months you can expect to be able to read music, have a comfortable knowledge of first position on the fingerboard, and a grasp of several techniques that will help you toward your playing goals. Of course, I like to remind my students that a music teacher functions like a coach, we are here to help you and guide you, but the speed of progress is dependent on the practice you put in!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Lessons in designated lessons room

*** Travel Equipment ***
I ask that my students have an instrument (guitar, lute, theorbo), a music stand, and the text or method that we have decided to use.

*** Specialties ***
My degrees are in classical guitar and early music. My early music instruments are lute (Renaissance) and theorbo (continuo). In addition, I have played and taught bluegrass, country, and folk. I am also comfortable teaching electric guitar up to an intermediate level.
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Ashley B. September 2, 2015
Classical Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Laudon is a great instructor!! I took lessons with him for about a year and a half, and he tailored our lessons to fit what I wanted to learn, all the while incorporating music theory and history, and challenging me so my skill doesn't stagnate. He has a wealth of knowledge and an awesome teacher!!
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janice V. November 6, 2013
Guitar
Guitar Lessons

It is with great pleasure that I recommend Laudon as a guitar instructor. I have had the privilege of studying with him for a year and have been most impressed by his knowledge of music theory, technique and performance. Laudon has crafted a lesson strategy that ensures that I will reach my personal artistic goals as quickly as possible. He listens carefully to my questions and answers them by using visual references that enhance my understanding of challenging concepts. Not only does Laudon share his expansive knowledge of music in a relaxed, comfortable manner to students of all ages and walks of life, he does so with warmth and humor. It would be impossible to find a better musical mentor and coach. In sci-fi terms, the force is strong with him!
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Laudon S.

Laudon S.

Durham, NC 27705
(2)
starting at
$22 / 30-min
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Maria V.

Durham, NC

About Maria

BIOGRAPHY
Violist Maria F. V. began her music studies at the Carabobo Music Conservatory where she played in the Infantile & Youth Orchestras, and in the Carabobo Symphony Orchestra. She then transcended her studies to the Simon Bolivar Music Conservatory and into the Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela. She has performed with different other orchestras such Venezuela Youth National Orchestra, New Jersey Youth Orchestra, Peru National Orchestra, Gustav Mahler Symphony Orchestra, and Latin-American Symphony Orchestra. She has worked with conductors such as Eduardo Salazar, Joshua Dos Sa
ntos, Gustavo Dudamel, Sir Simon Rattle and Claudio Abbado.

She holds a BM Performance degree from University of Kentucky, and a MM Performance degree from the University of North Carolina-Greensboro where she worked as Teacher Assistant under Scott Rawls. She has attended several music festivals within the United States and Internationally such as: Cincinnati Conservatory Music Festival, Cleveland Institute of Music Viola Workshop, Brevard Music Festival, Aspen Music Festival, Orford Music Center in Canada, Parma Conservatory-Italy, Musica en Compostela in Spain, and many others. Back at home in Venezuela she is considered founder of el Sistema’s Carabobo Music Conservatory. Her Major teachers include Santiago Garmendia, Margaret Karp, John Graham, and Scott Rawls.

TEACHING
As a performer, soloist and active chamber musician, and as a pedagogue, I provide private lessons to any individual interested in the art of music, education, and the good times. My teaching welcomes individuals from the youngest to college students. My primary instrument is the Viola, and simultaneously I focus on the instruction of the Violin, and the early and beginning studies of the piano. I have great experience as master class teacher, sectional leader, group teaching, and individual or one-in-one pioneer.

THE OUTCOMES
Apart from the academic outcomes the student will obtain at lessons, my intentions as a teacher and artist is to incorporate and welcome the student in the fantastic music world and literature. One of the many purposes of music is the idea of the student developing a sense of responsibility along with following tasks in a didactic and dynamic manner. I love bringing and promoting the idea and the philosophy of enthusing and inculcating a leadership position of the student in the family, and building most importantly a harmonic and artistic environment among their relatives and into their homes. I love to program and propose little student recitals in where the student will have the opportunity in performing the pieces worked throughout the teaching sessions in a little concert for their friends and family. Every student loves the fun in which they get from these opportunities and from their performance experiences. I do believe that the learning and instruction of music is an important influential factor in participating and in the development of many other abilities and skills; in the expansion and promotion of creativity, the adoption of a more discipline attitude for other arts, it helps to easier approach other academic courses, and to focus on developing the tools and creativity to participate at their schools and anywhere else.

*** Lesson Details ***
METHODOLOGIES
About the teaching methods used, I basically like to approach the beginner student through the methods of Suzuki, which is a very efficient and didactic method most pedagogues uses today. This one is a clear method that demands from the student and it simultaneous engages the interaction and participation of their parents, family, friends, and their community as well. In other occasions, it is most common that I would also incorporate a new student to my studio-transfer students-, who would have used other materials and methods with his/her previous instructor. In this case I would continue using his/her methods to examine the level and content learned and practiced. Then, it is in later lessons where we might establish and suggest other good methods and books to which the student might be ready to switch or scale up to.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Books, Stands, Metronomes, Chairs, Tuning & repair equipment, and more.

*** Specialties ***
Viola, Violin. Chamber, private, solo, & orchestra.
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Angelia G. December 23, 2015
Violin · In studio
Verified Student
She's very willing to help with new students. She's very patient and a great instructor. Recommend!
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Angelia G. November 24, 2015
Violin · In studio
Verified Student
She was absolutely amazing, she made it very easy to learn an I will continue lessons with her
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Srini K. January 5, 2015
Violin · In home
Verified Student
Ms. Maria is an excellent instructor. Unfortunately distance and time did not work for us.
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Maria V.

Maria V.

Durham, NC 27713
(3)
starting at
$35 / 30-min
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Brandon B.

Durham, NC

About Brandon

I have 20 years playing and teaching experience. I have played in several ensembles ranging from Jazz to Metal. My focus in teaching is to bring out not just the drummer, but the complete musician residing within my students. My lessons go beyond technique and repetition, and really focus on developing a complete musical sense on the drum set. Along with drum set I also teach general percussion (snare and glockenspiel) and music theory.

I have spent most of my playing and teaching career trying to learn as many percussive styles as possible. I have found that with each new rhythmic discove
ry my personal drumming style ebbs and flows, and through these experiences, my style has been refined. This excitement for drumming and rhythm is what I hope to inspire in my students; so lets start building the foundations of musical excellence!

*** Lesson Details ***
Each lesson is customized to the wants and needs of the individual student. There is a basic level of drumming competency that all students will be required to reach before moving on to a more customized lesson plan; however, even beginner students lessons will be taught to their learning abilities. The ultimate goal is to teach what the student wants to learn, along with imparting the drumming and musical skills to accomplish any and all goals.

Materials: I use the Breeze Easy method books to introduce note reading and basic music theory. I also use The Art of Bop Drumming and Afro-Cuban Rhythms for Drum Set for intermediate drum set students.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Drum set
Metronome
Music stand
Practice pad
Hand percussion

*** Travel Equipment ***
While I will bring basic equipment (i.e. practice pad, stick bag, metronome) to lessons, students will be required to obtain basic equipment to use for practice. A practice folder will be used to keep track of handouts, worksheets, and practice charts used throughout the lessons. The folder and handouts will be provided by me at no additional charge to the student.

*** Specialties ***
My specialty is jazz drumming. However, I teach most styles, incorporating the more melodic approach of jazz drumming to help the student understand what is happening musically. This way the student has a melodic reference to the rhythm they choose to play behind any given melody.
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Cole M. January 9, 2016
Drum · In home
Verified Student
Brandon has been great working with our 8 year old. He has shown a lot of patience, has done a great job starting with the base fundamentals while keeping his lessons interesting. We're looking forward to our lessons to come.
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Jack P. August 24, 2014
Drum · Online
Verified Student
Brandon has exactly what I was looking for in a drum set teacher. He tailors our lessons to my specific interests and needs but doesn't allow me to neglect my weaknesses, is extremely flexible in his scheduling from week-to-week, makes me want to practice all day after each weekly lesson, and is extremely knowledgeable. The way he teaches makes me think of the drum set as a musical instrument like any other, and he makes me want to learn more about it every week. I couldn't ask for a more qualified, intelligent, or inspiring teacher. 5 stars out of 5.
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Brandon B.

Brandon B.

Durham, NC 27713
(2)
starting at
$15 / 30-min
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Cyril M.

Durham, NC

About Cyril

Passionate pianist proficient in performing and teaching. Responsible and motivated, with a drive for excellence. Twenty one year highly
educated in the best Cuban Music conservatories. Four years of teaching experience.
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martin February 6, 2016
Piano · In home
excellent teacher
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Donna January 12, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Cyril was timely and communicative prior to her arrival.
Cyril provided a refreshingly open, simple presentation to the vast material of learning not just the piano, but reading music as well.
I am new to the piano but committed to learning. She recognized and met my level of knowledge and led us logically through steps that allow me a sense of order to this process. She gave me considerable homework that is within my ability to work in preparation for our next meeting. While she found me eager, she gave me just the right quantity to not be overwhelming.
I am more than delighted.
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Joseph January 11, 2016
Piano · In studio
That was an amazing class, she was explaining me how to play correctly and respecting the style. All my sounds were not the best but, she was trying to find the perfection throught the exquisite explanation with her words.
As a pianist is musically awesome!!
I do recommend her for beginners, intermediate levels, and adults with different interests in classical and popular music.
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Cyril M.

Cyril M.

Durham, NC 27707
(7)
starting at
$20 / 30-min

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