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Review by Noah
"Paul is amazing. My son loves him. Thank you Paul.
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Rickie
I started taking piano lessons from Dr Garrison in August 0f 2012. He has taught me about music notes and all their meanings. I started as
a beginner with no musical knowledge or background. I am 56 and with Dr Garrison teaching method, knowledge and education he's given me the understanding I need to continue to learn from his instructions. Any questionsed that I have he has an answer for and each problem I have he solves each and everytime. I started my first lesson with an old keyboard I brought at a yard sale, but never used it. Since I have been under the instructions of Dr Garrison I have brought a Baldwin piano without any hesitation. I truly know with his teaching method/instructions that I will continue to learn something new at each lesson."
Kansas City, MO teacher:
Review by Tonya
"Jennifer gets on my daughter's level. If there's something she doesn't want to do she changes with ease, she's very versatile. Jennifer and my daughter g
et along really well and have been taking lessons for about 3 years. She is wonderful."
Houston, TX teacher:
Review by Samantha
"Alaina works well with our kids!"
Boston, MA teacher:
Review by Austin
"Mark seems to be very patient and kind, worked very well with my 8 yr old son."
Phoenix, AZ teacher:
Review by Greg
"Very Impressed with Guitar Knowledge
Joe has a vast experience at playing the guitar and it shows when you take lessons from him. He not only teaches you
the music aspect at a guitar lesson, but he is also capable of giving you the entire history of the guitar. I enjoyed my lessons with Joe and will take my children to him in a few years when they come of age 5."
Tampa, FL teacher:
Review by Jenny
"Will is the real deal. He's an amazingly talented bass player and he knows how to break down things very easily. I started as a total beginner and by the
third or fourth lesson I was already playing all the major scales and a few songs. He's super nice to work with and makes the lessons fun. Great teacher."
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Sara
"I have known Amanda for about a year. She has a deep sense of musicality that cannot be imitated or faked, and a vast knowledge of genres, arrangements, a
Beyond the stats and her intimidatingly impressive portfolio and collaborations, what most impresses me is her grounded nature, thorough preparation, thoughtful communication & teaching, and kindness.
To know and learn from her as a musician and person is an opportunity I hope you have the privilege to take."
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Bradley
"I am Austin's voice teacher at the New England Conservatory where he recently completed his Master's Degree in Vocal Performance. Austin has done outstan
ding work refining his technique and knowledge of vocal pedagogy. The transformation to his singing and overall performing is nothing short of miraculous. You will find Austin to be highly intellectual, patient, and empathetic to your vocal development. I am confident that he know possesses all of the knowledge and tools to effectively diagnose and correct vocal faults with singers of all voice types. Austin is a champion for the vocal arts and he will be a champion for you so may reach your fullest vocal potential. I highly recommend Austin Burns for young singers in particular. I know you will have a rewarding experience with this talented and passionate young performer."
I have always loved music. For me, the process of making music gives me the opportunity to lose myself in the moment. It does not matter what type of music I am listening to, I will find a connection to the music.
I exhibited an interest in music at an early age. On many Saturday afternoons my mom would find me planted in front of the television set watching opera. So, it came as no surprise to family members that mom enrolled me in music lessons, singing lessons to follow.
Throughout my teens I found myself involved in anything related to music. I sang in the school choir, as well
as background choral work in musicals and even played the piano occasionally. I also had the opportunity to sing with a group called "Up with People," and performed some of their repertoire around the state.
I would love to share my passion and joy of music with anyone who wants to discover their own journey into the musical world.
After high school I continued my lifelong study of music. I graduated from George Mason University with a degree in Liberal Arts Studies, majoring in piano. I was able to work with Jacequeline-Cursagi Schmitt, who helped me refine my piano technique. I also continued taking voice lessons during college and am currently studying with a local Takelessons teacher.
After college I started teaching piano. I have worked with student's from the age of five through adulthood. I love working with any age group. As a teacher, I am always looking for new and interesting approaches to educating myself and to engage my students in the process of learning music.
I teach to the student's "learning style." I use whatever resources are available to reinforce musical concepts. I am patient, and laid back. I want my students to feel comfortable, and know that they can be themselves when they are working with me. Most of all what a student can expect is a teacher who is interested in them, their progress, and making the our time together as enjoyable as possible. I believe that I help students see the joy music brings to their lives.
I have always felt that one of my greatest strengthens is my ability to interact with children and adults, and I hope that I can continue to share my love of music in the coming years.
*** Lesson Details *** My philosophy of teaching is a mixture of expectation that a student will put forth an honest effort to learn what I have asked. However, I maintain a balance between what I expect and what the student needs. I would hope that a student could come to me, if they are unable to complete an assignment, and together we will fix the problem. I believe in giving a student the space to learn. I do not consider myself a strict teacher. However, I do expect the student to respect my authority and that the time we spend together is productive, yet enjoyable. I am supportive, yet will correct when I believe it is necessary.
Within three to six months I would hope that the student would feel more comfortable at the piano. I would expect him to learn posture at the piano, including hand position. I would expect that his knowledge of the right and left hand notes would become more proficient, and that he would understand what the staff is. I would expect that he understands keyboard geography, distance between notes, the concept of high/low, dynamics, and patterns (both directional and melodic). I would add two-handed playing, at a very basic level. This, of course, would depend on the progress and age of the student, and what the level of hand-eye coordination is.
I use Alfred, however I am eclectic, in that I make use of different books, depending on the need of the student. I believe in setting goals, however I am flexible in that I want to be certain that the student has the time to build a solid foundation.
I also use the computer for music theory, note reading, chord and key signature recognition and for ear training. I have a computer program that allows a student to be creative and develop his skills at composing. In the past year or two, I have begun using the iPad and it's numerous apps that relate to music.
As a vocalist, I also believe in developing the students ear through pitch recognition and thereby start the process of playing by ear on the piano. I encourage singing, if the student is comfortable, and while I do not teach singing, I have a solid background in voice and I understand the breath support that is needed to sing or play an instrument.
In conclusion, I try make the learning experience as well rounded as possible, preparing him for future study, or simply to enjoy the art of piano playing.
*** Studio Equipment *** lessons in dedicated music room in basement; computer with electronic piano and keyboard;
*** Travel Equipment ***
*** Specialties *** Mixture of methods, however Alfred, Piano Discoveries, and Faber are the ones I use most often. I teach both classical, pop, and Broadway. I also incorporate music related computer games and for the five and six year olds I use some of the ideas from the Music for Young Children Program
Patty B. April 30, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Carol is a wonderful, patient teacher that is very knowledgeable in piano. I enjoy every lesson that we have
Jamie R. December 10, 2014
In studio Verified Student
Carol is amazing!! This is my son's first time taking any type of music lessons and she has been wonderful in teaching him how to read music and play the piano. He really enjoys his lessons and looks forward to them. I highly recommend Carol for anyone wanting to learn to play. She is patient and uses different tools and techniques tailored to the student to make learning easy and fun. Thank you Carol!
CyrilleT June 21, 2012
Me and the kids are enjoying the classes. Mrs k is an extraordinary teacher.
GUITAR CURRICULUM (VOCAL INSTRUCTION CURRICULUM SEE BELOW): You like music. I like music. You want to learn how to play guitar. I can teach you how to play guitar, and so much more. It's that simple. I have real-world experience in getting out there and playing guitar in a band, in front of a real crowd, and I can teach you how to do the same. Whether you're interested in performing in front of your relatives, at your local open mic down the street, or if you want to pursue music as a possible profession, you need strong, basic fundamentals to get there. That's where I come in.
* Lesson Details *** Lessons include: guitar technique/knowledge/maintenance: -Getting to know your instrument, such as the name for parts of the guitar, and what they contribute to the instrument. How to identify notes on each string and in every fret across the fretboard. First, you need to learn how to speak guitar. This is like learning the basic language so we can communicate with each other. You: "Why do I have to identify all the parts of the guitar?" Me: "So when I tell you to strum over the sound hole, you won't mistake it for your ear."
-How to tune and care for your guitar such as changing strings You: "Why do I need to learn how to tune my guitar and properly change my strings?" Me: "So when you learn how to play the thing, it sounds good and stays in tune, and your neighbor's dog won't start howling when you pick up your instrument."
-Chords and Strumming: Open chords, Power chords, Barre chords, 7th chords, 9th chords, 1st and 2nd inversion chords. More chords than you can shake a stick at. You: "Why do I need to learn chords?" Me: "So you string chords together, and play a song, Silly."
-Scales (Major scales, Natural minor scales, Harmonic minor scales, Melodic minor scales, In every key and in six different positions) You: "Why do I need to learn scales?" Me: "Just to torture you. Just kidding! Scales build strength and speed and get your two hands working together. And scales are fundamental for learning licks and writing melodies later on down the road."
-Other fundamentals include chord chart reading, tablature reading, and specific technical skills such as hammer-ons and pull-offs, palm muting, using a pick, and finger picking styles.
MUSIC THEORY: Strictly for impressing your friends and/or classmates. Ok, not really. Music theory is important, especially if you want to play other instruments down the road, and to give you a the "Big Picture" of music.
Fundamental theory you will learn includes -Basic music notation (The music alphabet, rhythm, the staff, ledger lines, time signatures, etc) -Major and Minor Scales and Key Signatures (You've heard about the Circle of Fifths. Now you'll be able to decipher it!) -How to identify and play intervals (Major, Minor, Perfect) -Chord theory (What makes a Major chord, well, Major; Minor chord, Minor. Diminished, Augmented, etc) -Harmonic Analysis You: "I've heard about this I IV V I progression stuff. What does that mean?" Me: "In due time, Grasshopper" -Transposition (Good for changing the keys of your favorite songs so you or your lead singer can sing them in his/her vocal range)
First we learn this stuff through take-home worksheets. Then, we apply what we know to the guitar and make it useful and practical.
Music history and appreciation. Ever wonder about the origins of the guitar and how it came about to be one of the most popular instruments played in modern time? Or who the great Blues guitarists were from the 30's and 40's and how they influenced later day Rockers such as Jimmy Page or Keith Richards? Or how about how modern Western music formed and is what it is today, starting with Ancient Greece, through the Middle Ages, to Beethoven, to Ragtime to popular music today? Yep, we got that covered. It's all about perspective.
Songwriting. So you're tired of playing other people's songs and it's time to get your thoughts on paper. Congratulations. You are officially an Artist as well as a Musician. I can teach you how to develop your lyrics and chord progressions into cohesive, tightly arranged songs sure to make your Mom or Girlfriend/Boyfriend proud. Songwriting expands the limits of learning, that simply copying another artist note-for-note cannot do. Tapping your "Creative Vein" is the ultimate path to learning music. Let's get started.
music performance. Alright, you got knowledge, you got skills, you got songs. You have the tools to get out there and show the world what you can do.
*** Studio Equipment *** office/studio 5 guitars seating for parents
*** Travel Equipment *** I have my own guitar and curriculum. Students are expected to have their own instruments.
*** Specialties *** Specializing in Rock, Folk, Country beginning guitar lessons. Focus on rhythm guitar, songwriting and performing. Incorporate music history and theory as well.
VOICE CURRICULUM INCLUDES:
VOCAL TECHNIQUE/KNOWLEDGE/MAINTENANCE: -Anatomy of the voice -Voice maintenance -Body awareness, relaxation and posture -Breath control and support -Tone creation and range building -Resonation -Tone placement -Diction
MUSIC THEORY: -Basic music notation (The music alphabet, rhythm, the staff, ledger lines, time signatures, etc) -Major and minor scales and key signatures -Intervals (major, minor, perfect) -Chord theory and harmonic analysis -Transposition -Aural and rhythm skills
MUSIC HISTORY AND APPRECIATION: Have you ever how modern Western music formed and how it became what it is today? We’ll start with Ancient Greece, travel through the Middle Ages, learn about Classical composers such as Beethoven, and study different styles of music from Ragtime to today’s popular music all with listening examples to immerse you into the world of music history.
SONGWRITING If you've grown tired of playing other people's music, then it’s time for you to get your songs on paper or recorded. I’ll teach you how to develop your lyrics and chord progressions into cohesive, tightly arranged songs. Songwriting expands the limits of learning that merely playing another artist’s music cannot do. Tapping your "creative vein" is the ultimate path to learning music.
MUSIC PERFORMANCE Alright, you've got knowledge, you've got skills and you've got songs. You have the tools to get out there and show the world what you can do. But before you hit the local area open mic or book a gig, let's talk about music performance. You’ll learn simple, effective techniques such as strong stage presence and audience rapport.
Era S. June 10, 2015
In home Verified Student
Lena was super friendly. I was hesitant about taking voice lessons because I'm older and I have never had any training - she made me feel comfortable and confident. She taught me simple exercises and jumped right into the actual lesson!
Barbara M. June 8, 2015
Vocal Training ·
In studio Verified Student
Our singing lesson with Lena E has been a very good one! My daughter has really enjoyed the experience and Lena has built up her confidence to a whole new level. Thank you so much Lena for the inspirations and all your help.
Suryanshu K. May 21, 2015
In home Verified Student
I think my son likes he way of teaching. Lena is a good teacher. First teaching class was awesome.
Master of Music Education The Hartt School - University of Hartford West Hartford, CT
Bachelor of Music The Hartt School - University of Hartford West Hartford, CT
Current Public School Teacher
Over 10 years experience teaching private violin, viola, cello, and piano lessons!
*** Lesson Details *** Students will use a variety of materials to help them become better players. I am great with young children and beginners, as well as older kids and adults.
*** Studio Equipment *** Yamaha Electric Piano
Ilsa C. September 1, 2014
In studio Verified Student
We met Ms. Katie about 2 months ago. During this time my son has been very happy about going to his piano class every week and following up at home with his practice and assignments. Ms. Katie is very knowledgeable, and friendly. I really like the structure of her lessons. Very happy student and mom here :)
I have my Associate's Degree in Music from Northern Virginia Community College, and am finishing my Bachelor's in Keyboard Studies from George Mason University with plans to pursue Piano Pedagogy at the Graduate level. I have enjoyed teaching professionally for the past 5 years, and am excited to share my knowledge of composition, theory, history, classical and pop piano studies. It's my turn to share these skills with you!
It is my goal to enrich my students' lives with the wonderful and always exciting world of music. The goals of my studio are:
-To develop musicianship skills through
exposure to many different genres of music from all over the world, while incorporating history, theory, practice skills, and solo repertoire.
-To encourage creativity and performance in a positive manner to show the value of time management, goal setting, and personal responsibility.
-Foster the technical skills needed through focused practice to meet each student's individual needs, so as to prepare him or her to be the best musician possible.
-To create an environment that both measures progress regularly and inspires students to do their best.
*** Lesson Details *** Each lesson will build the following basic, practical piano skills: sight reading, analysis, technique, ear training, and theory. For beginning students, repertoire choices will be heavily guided by the teacher. For intermediate and advanced students, outside of important core material, much of the decision making is theirs!
60 minute lessons are recommended, as the student is neither rushed nor overwhelmed. It is ample time to get through all of the necessary materials plus a few moments of guided practice for the student to carry with them through the week.
Bolor B. July 21, 2015
In studio Verified Student
My daughter is stubborn and cannot concentrate on one thing for long time, but somehow Emily finds a way to keep her busy and concentrated for half an hour. I'm learning from Emily how to teach my daughter at home and keep her motivated. I'm sure we will continue the lessons in the fall.
Sara F. March 24, 2015
In home Verified Student
Emily does a great job communicating with my 6 year old daughter at a level she can understand. What I like most about Emily is that she doesn't get stuck on one thing. If she tries an exercise or technique that my daughter doesn't get, she moves onto something else until she finds what works for my daughter. Great teacher!
Angela B. December 5, 2014
In home Verified Student
Emily is an awesome piano teacher! She motivates yet does not intimidate. She helps lay a strong foundation in theory which will help the student as they grow and even play other instruments. She has been very accommodating with scheduling when a conflict occurs. The spring recital this year was a highlight for our family and a confidence booster for our child.
Formal Study: Associate in Arts Degree from Suffolk County Community College Long Island, New York and United States Air Force Band Careerfield at Scott AFB, Illinois and March AFB, California
Private Study: Pete Heywood (Fifth Avenue Band- Reprise Records), Al Miller ( Cab Calloway), John Kasica (St. Louis Symphony), Bob Luther (Fairchild) and Bobby Dominguez (Russell Ferante of The Yellow Jackets).
Experience: Performing Donati Orchestra, Jazz Street Station/5th Ave Band, Glasshouse (on the Spirit of Washington), Our Pleasure Top 40, NightShift, 3RDegree , Syncopated
Nation and CoreVet Quartet.
NOTABLE ACCOMPLISHMENTS: *Appeared on "Merv Griffin Television", "Bob Hope Celebrity Dinner Show", "Caesar's Palace Las Vegas" and "Playboy Jazz Festival Los Angeles". Performed under the baton of Henry Mancini ( TV & Movie Composer/Arranger: Peter Gunn, Pink Panther), Peter Matz (CBS Records Barbara Streisand/Chicago) and Mort Lindsey (Merv Griffin Show)
About In Home Drum Instruction: I provide drum lessons in the convenience of clients homes or at my own studio with a registered business license since 1994. Top references given for quality instruction. I guarantee that the rate will never increase, ever!
Knowledge that the student is able to approach any style of music with confidence and take this with them into any area of study and performance.Taught students from elementary - high school for students who were 1st or 2nd chair in their respective band programs and continue in music as a major or at least minor throughout college.
There is an art to drumming. It is an instrument heard in many styles of music. Students grades excel when studying any given instrument from the routine of daily practice.
Satisfied a need for people whose family schedules were too complicated to have lessons outside their own home since 1994.
We offer beginner to advanced lessons. The styles we cover include: Concert Jazz Rock Latin Funk Fusion, etc.
Lessons are built to be FUN! Call or e-mail to find out more information.
Sincerely, Alan S.
Brands I professionally utilize:
Vic Firth Drumsticks, Remo Drumheads, Gretsch / Pearl Drumsets, Zildjian / Sabian Cymbals, Lp Jamblock, etc.
*** Lesson Details *** My interest as instructor is to always give the best lessons possible. In order to achieve this, "attendance" is a very important part of attaining this goal.
If local roads are impassable due to severe weather conditions, lessons can be conducted over FaceTime or Skype during same scheduled lesson time on day in question.
Alan S. "Have Drum Will Travel" :)
*** Studio Equipment *** 5-piece Gretsch Drumset: Pearl free floating piccolo snare drum, power 10" & 12" mounted toms, 14" power floor tom, and 20" power bass drum. Mixture of Avedis Zildjian 20" medium ride cymbal, Avedis Zildjian 16" medium/thin crash cymbal, 14" Scimitar high hat cymbals, 12" Sabian Pro 8 cymbal, 12'" Wuhan china cymbal and LP stealth jam block.
*** Travel Equipment *** 5-piece Pearl Drumset: 6 & 1/2" metal snare drum, 12" & 13" mounted power toms, 16" power floor tom and 22" power bass drum. Mixture of 22" Avedis Zildjian medium ride cymbal, 16" Avedis Zildjian medium thin crash cymbal, 14" Avedis Zildjian high hat cymbals, and 21" Italian (dark) sizzle cymbal.
*** Specialties *** Cover many styles including: Concert Percussion, Jazz Independence, Chart Interpretation for Big Band, Rock, Latin, Funk, Fusion as applied to drumset. Studies also available on Polyrythms and Odd Meter.
Patricia S. December 22, 2014
In home Verified Student
I have taken lessons from at least 5 different instructors over the course of the past 10 years. I would have to say that Alan is the best instructor I've ever taken lessons from. Not only is he a phenomenal drummer and teacher, but also a great person. I believe our friendship made the lessons that much more beneficial. I am always excited to attend lessons and eager to learn more. My drumming skills have improved immensely. From Latin, jazz, to rock, Alan has taught me how to play different genres. Consequently, he has helped me accomplish my goal in becoming a more versatile musician. I highly recommend Alan !
Jo Anna N. March 25, 2014
Professional, patient, and pleasant!
Alan has been my 15-year-old son's drum instructor for five years now, and in that time, my son has progressed from being a complete novice to drumming in a very decent teen band. With Alan, you get solid teaching skills, a pleasant personality, and great flexibility in arranging lessons. We love the fact that he provides instruction in our home--one less runaround for us! Alan is a musician who knows how to teach and inspire, and we recommend him without reservation.
Eric C. March 17, 2014
I've been studying with Alan for more than a year. He is an excellent, reliable teacher and an outstanding drummer. His lessons are clear and concise. His communication skills are excellent. Also, I'm very happy with the syllabus he has put together for me, as we use a variety of instruction books. I feel like there's a definite path towards improvement. You won't be disappointed if Alan is your teacher...
The violin is often considered by musicians to be one of the most challenging instruments to learn. Its roots trace back many centuries and it was clearly a definitive instrument in shaping classical music all over the world. One of the reasons it is considered a difficult instrument to learn is that it's a fretless string instrument, making violin music notes appear to be inexact, yet fingering must still be done with precision. The reward for learning this sweet-sounding elegant instrument, ho …
Introduction to Violin Music Notes
The violin is often considered by musicians to be one of the most challenging instruments to learn. Its roots trace back many centuries and it was clearly a definitive instrument in shaping classical music all over the world. One of the reasons it is considered a difficult instrument to learn is that it's a fretless string instrument, making violin music notes appear to be inexact, yet fingering must still be done with precision. The reward for learning this sweet-sounding elegant instrument, ho
3 Reasons Why Piano Players Should Also Learn the Organ
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5 New Year's Resolutions Every Pianist Should Make
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Guitar Master's Guide: How to Hold a Guitar Pick
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13 Relatable Theories About Where Guitar Picks Really Go When You Lose Them
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So, in the spirit of investigation and with hopes of someday exposing the truth, here are 13 of the leading theories on what happened to your lost guitar pick.
1. It fell