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John S.

Lancaster, OH

About John

I have been interested in drums for as long as I can remember. When I was very young I remember trying to imitate drummers from the bands I was listening to at the time. I had a toy field goal kicker that would kick a ball through the goal posts when I pressed down on the player's helmet. I remember taking the goal posts apart and using them as drumsticks. I would use those "drumsticks" to play on the side of my bed when listening to my favorite drummers. My interest in drumming hasn't diminished at all since those days.

I joined the school band program when I was in the fifth grade an
d I have played the drums for over 30 years in a variety of musical settings such as marching band, symphonic band, jazz band, worship team and home recording. A group of neighbors and schoolmates that I kept in touch with over the years contacted me sometime ago and asked me to record drum tracks for them. I'm privileged to have the opportunity to play on some of their albums.

I'm very thankful for the great drum instruction I have received over the years. In high school I studied with a drummer who played with musicians and bands such as The Ohio State University Jazz Ensemble, The Glenn Miller Orchestra, Woody Herman, Diane Schuur, Maynard Ferguson and Tony Bennett. I have no doubt that these lessons played a big role in me winning the 1987 Louis Armstrong Jazz Award in high school. I have also attended Capital University’s Summer Drumset Workshop and a Drum Fantasy Camp at Seton Hall University. Some of the instructors involved at these university events were performers/educators such as Steve Houghton, Ed Soph, Steve Smith and Dave Weckl.

Drum lessons really helped advance my understanding of music and drumming. I improved my reading, listening and technical skills and even began transcribing drum parts. I now use Sibelius software for transcriptions. I enjoy passing along to students what I've learned from my excellent teachers and would be happy to help with just about any style of music (Rock, Blues, Country, Jazz, Latin, etc.).

*** Lesson Details ***
My goal is to help each student realize their personal goals in drumming. I help them do that by building a good foundation and then adding to that foundation. Building the foundation can include method books, rudiments, playing with a metronome and developing reading skills. After this foundation has been built we then use these skills to, most importantly, make some music. We will listen to and analyze the drumming of many important players and incorporate their innovations into our own musical personalities.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I have a drum set in a finished basement with seating for parents available.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can bring method books, but the student will need to have everything else (instrument, sticks, stereo with headphones, etc.). A smoke-free environment will also need to be available.

*** Specialties ***
I grew up with rock music for the most part but over the years I've tried to develop competency with as many musical styles as possible (Rock, Blues, Jazz, Latin, Country, R&B, Reggae, Motown, etc.).

Please see my latest article on the TakeLessons blog: http://takelessons.com/blog/used-drum-kits.
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shawn B. April 3, 2015
Drum · In studio
Verified Student
First thing,John and his family are very nice people.Being a little older person looking to play as a hobby. I still knew that in order to even be a decent drummer, you have to learn the fundamentals first.John in my opinion is like a professor of the drums.Like anything worth anything in life,it takes lots of hard work and practice in order to come close to perfection.John has the knowledge to give you all the tools that you need to strive towards that perfection.
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Mario F. October 2, 2014
Drum · In studio
Verified Student
John is a wonderful drum instructor. I was very interested in learning the underlying drum structure and rudiments before progressing on into other complicated drum techniques. His teaching style is perfect for everyone from a beginner to an advanced player. He has an in depth knowledge of the drumming industry from his own personal experiences and from teaching as well. He is able to communicate in such a way that is very easy to understand for both the lessons and the practice homework. I highly recommend John!
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Jennifer M. July 24, 2014
Drum · In studio
Verified Student
John is great! He has a lot of patience with my son. My son is eight and a beginner.
Nice clean house, with a good learning environment. My son looks forward to his lessons and practice because of John's enthusiasm.
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John S.

John S.

Lancaster, OH 43130
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starting at
$20 / 30-min
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Gabriella P.

Columbus, OH

About Gabriella

A graduate from Illinois Wesleyan University, Gabriella has earned her degree in Violin Performance and is currently attending the Ohio State University working towards a Masters in String Pedagogy.
A few notable performances she has participated in is two solo recitals, concerts with the Danville, Lakeview, Wheaton and Illinois Wesleyan Civic Orchestra, and many performances with her quartet, including performances at the Consular Corps. Ball in Chicago. She has developed an advanced repertoire for her instrument and greatly enjoys imparting what she has learned with others.

*** Lesson
Details ***
Each student is expected to attend each lesson scheduled with all materials prepared over the week. Students are expected to practice no less than 5 days each week. The student must be engaged and active in each lesson, music is so exciting! It is highly encouraged to participate in local orchestras and chamber music programs as well as attend concerts available in the area. These events are tremendous learning opportunities!
Although I am not a "strict" teacher, I do adjust my expectations to each student and do expect each student to make progress from lesson to lesson. Within the first few months together, I can assure better posture, a more comfortable playing experience and strong technical foundations. I promise to customize a suitable lesson plan to each student in my studio to ensure they receive the best learning experience possible.

*** Studio Equipment ***
We will meet on the OSU campus and a stand will be provided.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I would provide music copies along with articles I would have them read and objects to help technique (i.e. a rhythm egg). I would expect the student to have their own instrument and accessories, i.e. shoulder rest, at home stand, rosin, etc.

*** Specialties ***
Along with common course materials students will be likely to work on in school. I like to incorporate a variety of musical styles such as Eastern European and Spanish traditional dances to broaden horizons.
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Amber B. December 9, 2014
Violin · In home
Verified Student
I have learned so much in my short time taking lessons with Gabriella. She is incredibly attentive and great at explaining both theory and technique in a way that is easy to understand and remember. She is really comfortable and easy to work with!
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Adrianne K. August 21, 2014
Violin · In home
Verified Student
Exceptionally focused, extremely detailed, and a stickler for perfection, are some of the attributes that come to mind when I think of Gabriella.

I was hesitant to move forward with Gabriella when I first discovered her on takelessons.com. Being an adult learner, I was under the impression that the age of the instructor determined their skill-set and ability to teach. Not so! To say I have improved with Gabriella is an understatement. What I learned from her in the 10 months we've worked together has progressed me to a level I could never have achieved with my former instructor.

Gabriella is not intimidated by my age and doesn't let any intonation errors, posture slouching, poor bow-hold, etc., go unsaid. She is very good at constructively pointing out errors without sounding harsh, or critical.

She is wise beyond her years. She is very mature and is truly passionate about the violin.

I am so fortunate to have found her and I look forward to many more successful lessons!
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Dawn M. February 13, 2014
Violin
Verified Student
Excellent Instructor

Ella is very knowledgeable, patient, and thorough violin teacher. She is working with my 10 year old who is under the autism spectrum. Ella is very patient and has been doing an excellent job teaching my son how to play at a pace he can handle. My son really likes Ella and her tutoring him has helped him keep up with his school orchestra.
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Gabriella P.

Gabriella P.

Columbus, OH 43210
(4)
starting at
$29 / 30-min
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Lauren S.

Pickerington, OH

About Lauren

Hello! My name is Lauren Spavelko, and I am excited to bring out the musician in you!

Whether you're searching for yourself or your child, I would love to invite you to my beautiful creative space and help you meet your musical goals.

I focus on developing true artistry with my students and giving them the fundamental tools to be able to play and write various styles of music including classical, musical theater, folk, contemporary, Christian, and more.

We play from the very first lesson and learn other concepts such as music theory, literacy, and technique in subsequent lessons.


My students are involved in school ensembles, church choirs, community choirs, community and children's theater, and district contests. I support and seek out these opportunities according to their interests.

Please send me a note! I can't wait to get started.
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Lauren S.

Lauren S.

Pickerington, OH 43147
starting at
$20 / 30-min
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Ben U.

Columbus, OH

About Ben

Music Lessons & Tutoring

Welcome to my studio, where I will instruct you in your musical and academic endeavors. What sets me apart is that I offer diverse instruction in two different areas. In my music studio, I give lessons in piano, violin, guitar, and composition. In my tutoring center, I teach in multiple disciplines, from arts and sciences to SAT prep. I instruct students of all ages at different skill levels.

My in-studio lessons are given on a grand piano.

Education

BM Music Composition --“ Ohio State University, Autumn 2012
BA Classics (Greek and Latin) --“ Ohio St
ate University, Autumn 2012
Classics Fellowship --“ Indiana University, 2013-2014
Piano Training: Collegiate lessons from Steven Glaser and private lessons from George Haddad

Accomplishments

As a high school senior, under the tutelage of OSU Professor Emeritus and world-renowned pianist George Haddad, I performed the first movement of Shostakovich'™s Second Piano Concerto with the chamber orchestra.

I performed different self-composed pieces at seven OSU Composers'™ Workshops and won the Audience Favorite Award at the Johnstone Woodwinds Composition Competition in 2012. My Senior Composition Recital was performed on October 25, 2012. It showcased several of my three-movement works: string quartet, clarinet solo, set of classical songs for piano and voice, set of pop songs for piano and voice. Interspersed with these were two solo piano pieces and a duet for piano and violin.

My background makes me a knowledgeable and effective tutor. I was valedictorian at Delaware Hayes High School in 2009 and received OSU'™s Maximus Scholarship based on my ACT and SAT scores.
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Jelly S. August 1, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Ben is a great teacher and my granddaughters are enjoying the lessons
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Maddy S. August 1, 2016
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Ben is great with the girls. I have 10 and 7 yr. old granddaughters one is taking piano and the other guitar. He does great with both. And they seem to be learning from and enjoying the lessons.
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Joan D. July 5, 2016
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Very knowledgeable about the subject. I look forward to learning more!
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Ben U.

Ben U.

Columbus, OH 43220
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starting at
$25 / 30-min
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Amy C.

Columbus, OH

About Amy

Are you interested in learning piano, or do you have a child who is? I can't wait to help you turn this desire into reality! My name is Amy, and I am a piano teacher who specializes in teaching children, though don't let that sway you: I do enjoy teaching any age. I descend from a long line of musicians (both my mother and grandmother were piano teachers) and have played piano for 21 years, studying with a private instructor for 13 of those. I received my BFA at Goddard College (’14) and my MFA at Boston University (’16).

Over the past five years I have taught piano to students of all ages
and levels in both Ann Arbor, Michigan, and Boston, Massachusetts. All of my students have the opportunity to share their talents in recitals and small group lessons, as well as take part in Royal Conservatory assessments if they choose. Teaching piano is my passion–I take it very seriously, and I guarantee you a quality music education if you should choose to take lessons with me. I have recently relocated to Columbus, thus I am looking forward to building a teaching practice here. I look forward to meeting you!

MY TEACHING PHILOSOPHY:
One of the wonderful (and obvious) benefits of private instruction is that each student’s unique abilities and shortcomings can be brought into clear focus and addressed. I am highly skilled at encouraging students through a careful balance of praise and constructive criticism. I make sure they are aware of (and take pride in) their strengths so that when challenging moments do arise, they are motivated to do the work. These challenging moments are the ones in which growth occurs, and I embrace such learning opportunities wholeheartedly. Under my tutelage, students will learn that when they work hard, they get amazing results.

I maintain high expectations for my students, constantly reminding them that it’s the quality (not the quantity) of their playing that counts. It is much more important to me that a student learns to play one piece well rather than ten pieces poorly! This is because, when it comes to piano, there is no race to the finish line. I believe in taking however much time is necessary to help a child understand a concept—we might spend the majority of a lesson on it if we have to. Learning must be done at the child’s own speed. I think children benefit enormously from having 100% of my attention during lessons; they will never need to try and “catch up” with other students.

A SAMPLING OF METHOD BOOKS I USE:
Beginner: Tales of a Musical Journey Book 1, Piano Safari Books 1 + 2, Christopher Norton’s MicroJazz, Bastien Piano Literature Book 1, Royal Conservatory Series Preparatory Books A & B and Book 1

Intermediate: Piano Safari Book 3, Royal Conservatory Series Books 2-6, Bastien Piano Literature Books 2-4

Advanced: Royal Conservatory Series Books 7-10, Bastien Piano Literature Books 5-6, Early Advanced Classics to Moderns

LESSONS:
Lessons occur weekly. For young beginners, I recommend 30 to 45 minute lessons. Upper-elementary and middle school students should enroll in 45 minute lessons. High school students and adults should enroll in 45 to 60 minute lessons. (A note on lesson time: while 30 minute lessons seem to have become standard for most young students, I have recently come to the conclusion that this is simply not enough time, even for children at the beginning level. After the first six months of lessons, I encourage most young students to “graduate” to 45 minute lessons. They will receive an official award from me for this accomplishment, therefore it is viewed as a positive thing!)

Lessons are fun experiences in which children are engaged in a variety of activities (not just sitting at the piano). The majority of the lesson will consist of working on new and in-progress pieces and technical exercises, but other activities include: improvisation, learning about music history through videos and teacher demonstration, ear-training, playing music-related games, practicing rhythm by marching and/or using the hand drum in my studio, using music flashcards, discussing the child’s music goals, and more.

STRENGTHS MY STUDENTS WILL DEVELOP:
Posture & Hand Position: students are coached to demonstrate exemplary posture and hand position when at the piano. Development of this skill is absolutely vital to having the ability to play more complex pieces later on.

Rhythm & Counting: this is the foundation of music, so I make sure all students have a solid understanding of counting before moving forward using rhythm cards, the metronome, the hand drum, marching, and other fun games!

Music Theory: having a working knowledge of music theory is useful to every musician. The more advanced a student becomes, the more important it be able to distinguish musical patterns and to communicate musical ideas with the teacher and with other musicians. Students will learn music theory right along with learning to play the piano.

Good Practice Habits: practicing at home is the ONLY way to make lessons worthwhile. It MUST be taken seriously. I will work with parents and students to come up with a doable practice plan, and I will talk to students about the correct way to practice. In addition, I motivate my young students with a reward chart that allows them to pick a prize when they reach important milestones.
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Lindy August 24, 2016
Piano · In home
Amy is a wonderful teacher! She is very skilled and experienced, as well as very enthusiastic. My 6 year old son started with her and absolutely loved his lessons, and more importantly grew a love to play. Amy is reliable, flexible, makes the lessons both fun and technical and can tailor to your preferred kind of music.
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Samantha October 2, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Amy is kind, organized, and has a diligent, positive approach.
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Amy C.

Amy C.

Columbus, OH 43202
(2)
starting at
$25 / 30-min

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