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Susan T.

Grand Prairie, TX

About Susan B.

I would first like to say that I was born into a musical family. My Dad (choir director) and five older brothers were not only the majority of the choir in our large Catholic church, but Dad had a "tame" Frank Sinatra singing style. My mother played harmonica and piano by ear so acquiring musical intellects spread quickly to all of us. Most of my siblings sang and played instruments as we had a piano, guitar, organ, harmonica, trumpet, clarinet and a recorder to use as we pleased, with or without a music teacher.

I started singing and playing the piano at age four. With consistent encour
agement from my oldest sister (a professional organist for 40+ years), I learned piano and music theory while I was learning to read English, started guitar at eight. A natural born singer, I learned the basics of voice while in choir from middle school through high school while accompanying myself on piano or guitar when singing privately or for others. I wrote my first song at 17 and worked my way through college playing original music in coffee shops while earning my bachelors degree. After college, I started touring across the US (this was long before American Idol and the Internet when if you wanted to make it, you had to "pay your dues" on the road first). Working in the studio was always the most fun and challenging, my first original song got air play in 1990 (this was before CDs).

I received international distribution of my original music starting 2004; however, around that time I learned that performing was not my preferred way of providing service to others - teaching then become my passion. So while working for a local public school district as substitute teacher for general music classes (orchestra, band, choir as well), I was asked to write and teach a beginning songwriting class. From the very first day I had kids' attention wherever I went; and some of those students eventually recorded their own songs in studios.

After 30+ years of professional musicianship spanning across two continents (US and Germany) with originally produced music available on iTunes and two CDs on the market, I have found a unique way of teaching music to others. I most enjoy teaching families with two or more siblings (along with parents, grandparents, etc.) that want to learn to play a variety of instruments and music together. Married couples are welcome too, I can get any combination of people playing music together.

I hold an annual recital every September. I do not force anyone to play in the recital, however most everyone enjoys the experience.

*** Lesson Details ***
First of all, I'll need to know you or your children's goals, dreams and natural talent(s). What types of music do you love best? Are you more the serious type or fun-loving (I can work with both types of personalities but do require a respectful demeanor).

I stress taking lessons once per week. It is extremely important to develop the brain, nervous system, physical coordination all together with momentum and repetitive physical movements; particularly, the first six months of learning.

Please do not expect overnight success, hand/motor skills need to be developed and that doesn't occur with one or two lessons, unless you've had prior experience on your instrument and just need to refresh your brain's neural pathways.

If you are the creative type and wish to compose your own music, then by all means let me know as I teach not only composition, but arranging, music production, and the legal aspects of copyrights and distribution.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Piano lessons will be given on my baby grand piano. You will need your own guitar or ukulele, I will be using my Yamaha acoustic-electric classical nylon string guitar OR my Epiphone folk steel string guitar. Please see the photo noting the studio's microphones/vocal monitors, plus I have a variety of hand percussion. There are wide varieties of musical opportunities and experiences with me.

*** Specialties ***
Piano: Beginning/intermediate classical piano; pop (piano/voice). Guitar: Beginning classical guitar (fingerpicking only), or beginning general guitar (notes, chords, fingerpicking, strumming, using a pick). Ukulele: Beginning note and strumming patterns. Voice: I can take you to professional levels! Lastly, I would like to take on students who want to learn Joni Mitchell's style of piano and guitar playing. She has never had any formal music training, only plays by ear, particularly on guitar she uses many open tuning inspired from sounds of nature (i.e., birdsongs, ocean waves, etc.).

Here are three recent written recommendations:

"I would highly recommend Ms. T. She has been coming into our home to teach myself and my three children ranging in age from 10 to 4. She tailors each one of our lessons to our ability level and she approaches each lesson with tenderness, care and respect. She has even created special lessons for my 4 year old to engage his creativity and ideas.We have used other instructors before, but have never had such personal attention. I couldn't imagine using anyone else."
Erin O. May 2012

"Ms. T has been teaching my 6 year old daughter classical piano for almost three years. Ms. T is very patient, knowledgeable and encouraging. My daughter wasn't excited about taking piano lessons initially but has really grown to love to play and looks forward to lessons with Ms. T. I recommend other moms give her a call."
Cathy C. March 2012
Year First Hired: 2011
Top Qualities: Personable, On Time, High Integrity

"I am a 58 year old man who has always wanted to learn to play the piano. It wasn't until I met Susan that this dream became possible. I wasn't sure I could learn a new skill like this but she had me reading and playing music within the first couple of lessons. I am impressed with her teaching skills but her performance skills as well. She made me feel relaxed and confident from the beginning. I would highly recommend her to anyone wanting to learn a new instrument and whether you are 4 or 84 she can help make your dream of playing a reality." R. Roberts January 2013
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Dianne M. July 27, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Susan really tries to work with each individual. She finds out what they are interested in and implements that into the lessons. She really engages the student. Recommend!
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Doris T. July 9, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Ms. Taylor is a great music instructor.
My daughter improved her skills in piano and singing.
She's very flexible with time /day of lessons as long as you tell her ahead of time.
She's the best instructor I know in Grand Prairie area.
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Doris T. July 9, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Ms . Taylor is a great music teacher.
My daughter improved her skills in piano and singing.
She's very flexible with change in time/ day of the lessons.
She's the best music teacher in Grand Prairie that I know so far.
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Susan T.

Susan T.

Grand Prairie, TX 75052
(13)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Mike F.

Arlington, TX

About Mike

Music is my life and air. I started playing the drums when I was 12 years old. I played in every band and music ensemble I could throughout junior high, high school, and college. I have played in bands outside of school with music styles ranging from Rock, Punk, Hardcore, Metal, and Hip Hop. Since 2008, I have been teaching private drum set lessons and marching percussion to students of all ages and backgrounds, including Special Needs.

Recently, I attended the University of Texas at Arlington where I furthered my education in music teaching, music theory, performance, and percussion. I a
m also an experienced Djembe and Didgeridoo performer. Teaching and encouraging others in music comes naturally to me, and my degree in Music Business supports knowing how to prepare lessons and curriculum so students succeed.

*** Lesson Details ***
I love what I do and want my students to be excited not only to take lessons with me, but excited to go home and practice to further their skills as well. My lessons are focused and adaptable to the needs of each student. I have a wide range of teaching materials, equipment, and a personal library of method books for students to view and use. I do expect and encourage my students to practice at least 5 minutes a day. You will be amazed at how effective this is and how 5 minutes usually turns into 30 minutes of solid enjoyable practice.

*** Studio Equipment ***
DW drumset, single and double pedal, practice pads, Vic Firth Bell Kit, Boom Whackers, hand drums, and a personal library of method books.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Sticks, books, DW practice pad drum set, snare practice pads, music stand, and a laptop for references of appropriate drum videos/music.

*** Specialties ***
Rock, Punk, Hardcore, Metal, and Hip Hop. Also skilled in marching percussion, mallet percussion, and hand drumming.
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Lynn S. October 14, 2013
Drum
Verified Student
Learned a lot

Lessons were fun but structured to maximize learning. Took my sons playing to a whole new level.
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Mark P. June 11, 2013
Drum
dedicated fun teacher

ive known Mike for a few years. he really puts all his effort and passion into teaching. he loves drums and knows how to communicate that feel to others. he is well versed and experienced on all types of percussion having been to acclaimed university programs. for both kids and adults Mike reaches out and brings the joy of music!!!!!!!
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Nathan F. June 8, 2013
Drum
Great drummer and great guy

Mike volunteers drumming for the band I lead at a local church. Regardless of how difficult the song selection is, he nails his part every week. Mike's experience with diverse musical genres allows him to draw upon a wide range of rhythms and techniques. In addition to his talent, Mike's character stands out as well. Each week he arrives early, is prepared, and friendly.
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Mike F.

Mike F.

Arlington, TX 76013
(7)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Ray M.

Arlington, TX

About Ray

Born in Arlington, Texas, I began playing guitar and bass guitar in high school. After studying for several years under Joey Faust, I studied Jazz, Classical Guitar, and Music Theory at TCC in Fort Worth. I've been teaching since 2003, my students ranging in age from 3 to over 70. I also play piano, mandolin, banjo, ukulele, and auto harp.

*** Lesson Details ***
I believe lessons should be fun, so all lessons are tailored to the individual student, based on the student's interests and goals. Students are free to progress at their own pace, and to choose their own learning material. Styles
and techniques include Rock, Country, Blues, Bluegrass, Jazz, Shred, Slide Guitar, Classical Guitar, and Slap Bass, to name a few.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Lessons in my home studio are definitely more beneficial to the student, because I have all my toys here! Besides having all of my other instruments here for demonstrations, or being able to freely change between electric or acoustic guitar for example, I have access to my computer and all of my teaching materials.
I also find that students who are at home (especially the children) tend to be more distracted, whether it's from lack of privacy due to the area chosen for the lessons, or often (again, this goes especially for the kids) there are pets that they like to play with while I'm trying to talk to them.
When they're guests in my home, however, I find I have their strict attention.

*** Specialties ***
I am primarily a guitar player specializing in electric lead guitar and solo acoustic guitar/vocal performance. I also teach beginner to advanced bass guitar, primarily finger-style. In addition I teach slap style bass guitar, as well as slide guitar.
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Jeremiah J. July 7, 2015
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
He's personable. Good ideas, good instructor. Follows through and is very encouraging. Recommend!
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Sue N. March 13, 2015
Banjo · In home
Verified Student
What a great experience! I like Ray's approach and his willingness to share no nonsense remarks about his expectations. Yes, practice is key to becoming a good banjo player. Imagine that!
I appreciate the fact that Ray was so open in sharing the fact that many of his students underestimate the importance of regular practice. I whole-heartedly agree. Since we share the same philosophy and approach, this is the start of a great relationship. (Can't give it 5 stars though, solely because of the traffic. The lessons are worth the trip!)
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Carla D. April 12, 2014
Piano
Verified Student
Awesome

Ray is an awesome teacher. He has great communication skills and was brilliant talking with my teen daughter, assessing her skill level and instructing accordingly. Great job!!
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Ray M.

Ray M.

Arlington, TX 76015
(10)
starting at
$34 / 30-min
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Ric F.

Arlington, TX

About Ric

Guitarist-Composer Ric F. began his music career as a recording session musician and performer in southern California. He studied with jazz guitarist Barney Kessel, Horace Hatchett (jazz), Ted McKown (classical), Ricardo de Escobal (flamenco) and Ron Middlebrook (general).
Ric studied composition-theory with many teachers including Pulitzer Prize nominated Dr. Albert Harris. Ric is completing an MM in composition and has taught at Biola University, SW Seminary as well as tutoring theory students online from Berklee College of Music and others. He also completed the UCLA Film Scoring progra
m winning awards for his picture scoring as well as from Billboard Magazine, American Song Festival, and ASCAP. Ric’s “Letters” album was a pre-nomination Grammy candidate.
Ric has performed and composed music for recordings ranging from the London Symphony Orchestra to Megadeth. His recordings have charted radio and have been featured in television and film. Ric’s recordings have included original music, Hymn and Christmas arrangements, orchestral music all in a wide variety of styles and ensembles.
Ric has been on recording projects with David Benoit, John Patitucci, Eric Marienthal, Brandon Fields, Russell Ferrante and Wayne Bergeron. He has also performed as the opening act for Bob James, Richard Elliot, Rick Braun and Michel Camilo.
Since being in Texas Ric has performed and written music for many ensembles including the Fort Worth Symphony and the Dallas Jazz Orchestra. He has released several recordings recorded in Texas, Nashville and Los Angeles and also published his book “Guitar Tips” available on Barnes & Noble, Amazon and others. His published guitar music has been distributed by Columbia Pictures Publications.
Ric’s Etude (from his composition “Moonlit”) was selected by the Texas Jazz Educators Association for the Texas All-State Competition and he was asked to be a presenter at the Conference in San Antonio.
Ric is currently an Instructor of Music at Weatherford College where he teaches and directs the Improv & Small Instrumental Ensembles, Director of Rhythm Section for the Jazz Band, Co-Director of the Jazz Band and has been commissioned by WC for compositions and arrangements for the Jazz band which they have premiered. He also teaches Jazz and contemporary guitar and also teaches composition, arranging and theory online with students worldwide.
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Cosima Y. March 6, 2014
An excellent teacher who loves to see his students excel

Several years ago I was privileged to have Ric contribute his talent to my CD project. He is an amazing musician and a gentleman!

Ric is an excellent teacher and musician who genuinely desires to impart his expertise to those he teaches. He is relevant and experienced. His vast musical knowledge and sphere of influence are a tremendous asset to the music community with years of experience and a sincere attitude that is infectious.

I am highly confident that all Ric's student will be treated with great care and service and I highly recommend and appreciate Ric.
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Ric F.

Arlington, TX 76002
(1)
starting at
$40 / 30-min
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Brennan M.

Midlothian, TX

About Brennan

Hello! My name is Brennan M. and I am 19 years old. I've been playing guitar as well as taking lessons since I was about 7 years old. I have been in a handful of bands, but prefer a more individual approach at music. I love playing blues, classical, rock, indie, folk, and jazz. I can teach you all of the basics and so much more. I am looking for people who are willing to be committed to learning how to play the guitar. I want to see you grow as I grow more by teaching you! When it comes to teaching, I don't play by the rules. I wont set each and every person up with the same thing or the same
books to learn etc, I customize my way of teaching to each individual learner. What you want to get out of learning how to play guitar, I plan on helping you achieve. Be that international fame in 10 years, or just learning how to serenade your girlfriend over dinner by next Saturday. I will always do my absolute and very best to put you on the path to what you want to achieve by learning.
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Brennan M.

Brennan M.

Midlothian, TX 76065
starting at
$25 / 30-min

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