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Charles N.

Knightdale, NC

Student lessons are designed and planned according to the his or her knowledge of music and level of playing as the student progresses. I teach the very beginner and those who have advanced in their playing.

About Charles

Charlie is a certified music teacher, who teaches in areas surrounding Wendell and travels to teach in the Raleigh, Zebulon and Knightdale areas. He teaches in his home in Wendell and travels to other areas on certain days. (See availability)

He first began teaching guitar and piano during his music studies at the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, MS. At the university and after receiving his degree in music education, he has taught and performed in various musical settings and venues which has included the genres of classical, jazz, blues, rock, folk and country. Bes
ides teaching and performing, Charlie also is a songwriter who writes songs for his groups performances and teaches his more advanced students songwriting.

Drawing upon his education and experiences as both performer and teacher, he strives to relate his background to his student's learning experiences and progress. As each student comes with his or her individual musical wants and interests, student lessons are designed to meet these needs of a particular student. Charlie has young students of ages 5 to 14 as well as students of upper ages. According to a student's level of musicianship (beginner, advanced or in between), students are taught how to read music, music theory in relation to their progress, chords, scales and how to write/compose their own songs. He has designed a method of teaching which is full of great musical exercises & fun illustrations for the young student to enjoy while learning skills on their instrument.

For example, students can began with simple fingerings of chords & beginning melodies played in slow rhythms to allow the student to develop at a comfortable pace. Students that can not read music notation begin simple reading exercises of note recognition, time signatures, note values, eye hand coordination and more.

*** Lesson Details ***
I design student lessons according the age, playing level and music related interests as lessons can cover a broad range of interests and musical styles. For my beginning students- to develop their understanding of playing chords and rhythms,
I teach chords as they relate to musical keys and some common rhythm patterns used in many popular songs.

For guitar students, I have designed & developed my own materials for guitar (sheets & accompanying CD) which guide students in practicing chords progressions, strum/rhythm patterns & scales/melodies in relation to chords. My students have shown much success in these methods of concentrating on developing that essential sense & feel for playing different rhythm styles. Piano instruction is centered on learning to read music notation and music theory as it relates to the student's progress.

As students advance, more emphasis is placed on improvising on melodies, different approaches to soloing and chord extensions and substitutions. Also, students are taught music theory as it relates to their progress to enable them to create their own music.

I have a good selection of method books and materials to fit each student's level of musicianship and choice of playing style(s) to extend upon their interests and goals.

My approach to teaching is to make lessons fun and enjoyable in a comfortable and relaxed setting to allow the student full
concentration on each lesson. But, also to provide the necessary guidance and encouragement to challenge and motivate students to improve and develop natural strengths and new skills.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I have a good selection of materials (many I've developed), extra instruments if needed and recording equipment. The student will need the instrument and an amp for electric guitar.

*** Specialties ***
Teach theory as relates to students progress- examples, chords as relate to major scales, understanding of I IV V chords
in popular music genres, develop knowledge of chords & rhythmic sense before learning songs. I teach in styles of blues,
rock. jazz, country and classical.
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Alex R. March 1, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
I began piano lessons with Charlie as a total beginner and he quickly helped me find my footing. He was always patient and encouraging and asking questions designed to make sure the lessons were structured in a way that would most efficiently achieve my own personal goals. I'm usually a pretty nervous person, but Charlie has a warm presence that makes it easy even for people like me to be able to open up and focus on what's important, the music. I highly recommend him to anyone who's been thinking about learning the piano but hasn't quite been able to take the plunge yet.
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Vaden Y. April 18, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Vaden is really enjoying the lessons!
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Emily D. October 29, 2014
Piano · In home
Verified Student
We enjoy having Mr. Charlie come to our house and teach our 5 year old son Xavier how to play the piano. He makes sure our son stays focused and goes at a pace that works for him. Xavier has learned a lot, and we are grateful to Mr. Charlie.
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Charles N.

Charles N.

Wendell, NC 27591
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starting at
$25 / 30-min
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Carolyn B.

Cary, NC

I teach piano students of all ages and tailor the curriculum to fit each student. Whether you want to learn the basics, a specific piece, prepare for a recital/competition, or just be able to play for your own enjoyment, our lessons will fit your goals.

About Carolyn

I am a pianist and theorist who is enthusiastic about helping you learn more about music! I have a Bachelors of Music Performance from Appalachian State University and a Masters of Music Theory from Bowling Green State University. Music is one of my passions, a passion I would love to share with you!

I have experience with classical, classic, jazz, and Broadway music, among other genres. My performance and scholarly studies were primarily classical, but not limited to classical music.

Whether you pursue performance, scholarship, a greater appreciation of music, or simply a fun experience
, I will help you reach your goals! None of these is exclusive, as all of them should be fun!

*** Lesson Details ***
I prefer to teach in a relaxed, friendly atmosphere where the student can ask questions and offer opinions without fear. I am a patient and encouraging teacher, though I do expect students to prepare for lessons and improve over time. Lessons and curricula are tailored to the individual, depending on the student's goals. Should those goals change over the course of his/her study, the curriculum and lesson format will reflect that change. I believe in a well-rounded education, incorporating not only memorization or sight-reading (for example), but the underlying theories and relevant historical information. Most importantly, I will endeavor to make lessons enjoyable as well as educational for all involved!

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can provide sight-reading/singing materials, handouts, and copies of music. I expect the student to provide his/her own instrument, textbook, and staff paper.

*** Specialties ***
Music Theory/Aural Skills: tonal through post-tonal theory, including counterpoint, part-writing, Roman numeral analysis, set theory; tonal and atonal sight singing (with solfege, numbers, and European letter names), rhythmic and melodic dictation, chord series

Piano: primarily tonal music (Baroque through Romantic), sight-reading, show tunes, popular songs
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Rennee C. July 13, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Very nice and friendly. My daughter enjoyed the lesson and seems very excited to practice and get ready for next week!
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Sandy W. January 4, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
It was a very nice first lesson.
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Victoria B. January 2, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Excellent piano teacher!! Very patient, kind, reliable and communicates very well with my 10 yo son. She is so enthusiastic and has really gotten my son interested in music, despite that he is very shy. I have been impressed with how quickly my son has learned to play the piano in just a few months. We have been so thrilled with Carolyn that our other two children are to start lessons this month!!
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Carolyn B.

Carolyn B.

Cary, NC 27513
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starting at
$40 / 30-min
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Kevin D.

Raleigh, NC

Beginner to intermediate can teach classical or jazz.

About Kevin

I am a professional music teacher with 30+ years experience. Very experienced at teaching all band instruments. Expert at Saxophones - Clarinet. I am Nationally Board Certified as a Band Teacher. I can teach a student what they need from specific solos to audition materials to Jazz Improvisation. I currently perform throughout the area. I am experienced at teaching students of ALL ages what they want to learn about the saxophone and clarinet. I can play and demonstrate for you as a musician. I own and play Soprano, Alto and Tenor Sax. Bari as well but do not own one. I also play clarinet and
flute. I am a good young piano teacher.

I have successfully taught many students to success at district and honors band level auditions, as well as prep for Governor's School and College Auditions.

I can teach you what you would like to know to be successful at your instrument.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Stands, Chairs, Recording Equipment and Sound Playback if needed.

Can do Smart Music.

*** Travel Equipment ***
My Chrysler 2011 - if needed.

*** Specialties ***
Saxophones and Clarinets - Young Piano. Beginning ALL Band Instruments.
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Connor August 3, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Kevin is a great teacher for my little beginner.
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Barry Walsh January 8, 2016
Saxophone · In studio
Verified Student
Excellent instructor, very relaxed atmosphere and provided a lot of good information. Especially liked that fact that he took the time to cover what was needed rather than strict adherence to the clock. Highly recommend his as a music instructor.
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Peter K. July 3, 2015
Clarinet · In studio
Verified Student
Kevin is very well versed in musical instruments. We took an older clarinet to him and he identified what type it was and was able to play it and teach how to play it. Looking forward to more lessons.
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Kevin D.

Kevin D.

Raleigh, NC 27614
(4)
starting at
$25 / 30-min
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Victoria K.

Raleigh, NC

*I recommend hour-long lessons for students over 10.

A basic lesson begins with a few minutes of warm-ups followed by songs progressing from the lesson book being used, one or two songs the student likes from whatever genre he/she enjoys playing, and we end with a sight read. My lessons include some music theory and note reading/writing, and at times a brief bit of history behind each composer and/or composition. This helps the student better comprehend music in order to make song writing and performing simpler.
For children under 9, in particular, some of these lesson aspects are relaxed. Regardless of student age, my goal as an educator is to make these lessons as fun as possible for you or your child while progressing at your own comfortable pace. Retention is more difficult when you're not enjoying what you're learning.

About Victoria

I've been teaching piano since 2012 and have been playing since 2000, although my first instrument was the clarinet, which I began learning in 1996. During my final two years at Atkinson County High School, I conducted the band at games and assisted the high school director in leading the band class whenever he was absent or otherwise occupied. My first two years of college were concentrated in piano performance, with more courses in music theory, world music, ear training, and music appreciation. In addition to my music background, have one bachelor's degree in philosophy and religious studie
s, and took my electives in sociology, gaining an award of excellence from the department of sociology, anthropology and criminal justice from Valdosta State. I then went on to Savannah College of Art and Design and graduated with a degree in Visual Communications, concentration in photography.
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Grace P. November 14, 2016
Classical Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Grace seemed very pleased with VICTORIA.
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Jan D. October 13, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
I just had my first piano lesson, and Victoria is lovely. She is knowledgeable, patient, and clear. I look forward to my next lessons :)
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Ryan C. February 24, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Fantastic time and great instructions
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Victoria K.

Victoria K.

Raleigh, NC 27613
(4)
starting at
$20 / 30-min
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Elizabeth O.

Wake Forest, NC

I began playing piano on my own at age 9 and haven't stopped since! I make it a goal to teach piano to everyone regardless of age or disability. We will discover your unique learning style, favorite types of music to play, and create a curriculum just for you! If this is your very first lesson, you'll be able to play a song by the end of the first lesson. If you're an intermediate or advanced student, we can finish that song you had your heart set on and create specific goals for you right away.

About Elizabeth

Hello! I'm Ms. Elizabeth, and I would love to help you with your tutoring or piano goals!

I graduated from UCF in 2011 with a degree in K-6 elementary education and am ESL and reading endorsed. I have extensive experience with special needs as well. I am a hands on, interactive tutor! I immediately determine your personal learning style and use it to tailor my lesson plans to fit you! If you are in school, I use your learning style to discover why you may be struggling with a particular class or teacher, and create a bridge to lesson the gap between tutoring and school!

I have been runni
ng a piano business for the past 2 years. I teach preschoolers through adults, and we have had 3 recitals now! We use games, songs, off bench and on bench activities, and more to fully develop your piano skills.

In my spare time, I love to craft, dance, and read! I can't wait to get to know you and assist you with your learning goals!
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Vanessa December 11, 2016
Piano · In home
My seven-year-old son has been taking piano lessons with Elizabeth for the last 8 months. I was worried he wouldn’t be interested given he started 4 months after he received his keyboard, and I thought the novelty of the idea may have worn off. I was completely wrong. Elizabeth has done a wonderful job motivating him and making the lessons fun. She is very accommodating to the needs and likes of each child as well as communicating concepts to parents who don’t know how to play. Thanks to her efforts, my son practices without being asked most of the time. I highly recommend her if your child is ready for piano lessons.
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Jenifer December 5, 2016
Piano · In studio
Elizabeth is a very dedicated and enthusiastic piano teacher. My daughter loved taking lessons with her. Elizabeth always tried to make her lessons fun, and she specifically tailored the lessons to my daughters interests and skill level. Elizabeth is easy to work with and great at communicating her expectations and requirements for each upcoming lesson. She responds to your emails or calls quickly, and she always answers any questions you may have. I highly recommend her.
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Elizabeth O.

Elizabeth O.

Wake Forest, NC 27587
(2)
starting at
$28 / 30-min

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