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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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Patricia N. June 23, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Excellent! Patient, professional, and very nice. I am well satisifed with what Laren has learned, so far. Playing the piano and singing at the same time! I highly recomment Ms. Taylor. :-)
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Valery L. June 16, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Valery loved her 1st class.. she can't wait to go again next week. Ms. Taylor was firm but so nice to the girls.
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Vanessa L. June 16, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Ms. Taylor was so helpful with my girls. She has great knowledge of her instruments.
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Susan T.

Grand Prairie, TX 75052
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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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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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Alex R. October 28, 2013
Banjo
Verified Student
My Banjo Lessons

Ray has already helped this 47 Year old kid to make large leaps in my understanding of music theory and my instrument. I really appreciate Rays knowledge of music and his ability to break it down so that anyone can understand and put into practice the knowledge gained very quickly. My hour lessons go so fast that I wonder where the time went.

Ray has been very flexible to this student and has been very accommodating to all the questions I have. He is patient and will go over anything again until you understand the lesson.

I Highly recommend Ray to any level of student all ages just starting out or someone who wants to gain more knowledge with the instrument you have.

I appreciate what he has taught me so far and am very excited to see where this journey takes me.
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Ray M.

Arlington, TX 76015
(9)
starting at
$34 / 30-min
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Billy H.

Arlington, TX

About Billy

I teach my students how to understand how music is put together so they can learn even more on their own.

I read, write, and play all styles and I focus on teaching the student fundamentals that work in all styles of music ....AND I get them going on the style they are interested in - pop, rock, country, folk, etc.

I have spent my entire life in the music industry and I can show you how to use what I teach to apply to the real world. I have also been a successful songwriter and I can work with students to learn about song structure and song writing.

I am also good at preparing studen
ts for college music classes.

*** Lesson Details ***
I like to break it down into small steps and accomplish them, then move on to the next.

Each person learns differently and I am good at connecting with how you learn - then we can use a book or CD or not according to your needs.

I have several books to choose from as well as CDs and other tools. BUT .....some things are learned best through 1 on 1 instruction and explanation without a book.

I like to see progress every week and I usually do.

*** Studio Equipment ***
recording studio in home w/ seating for parents

*** Travel Equipment ***
Student needs instrument only to start and discuss from there.
I have many tuners, metronomes, props, books, etc

*** Specialties ***
I teach using modern popular songs as vehicles but back up examples with theory and some reading and ear training.
I usually get quick results and my students can understand the music as well as play it.
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Phil H. January 7, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Nice guy, very laidback, very instructive, fun to work with, very mellow and talented
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Robert (Bob) W. October 29, 2014
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Billy's patience and understanding is great in teaching me Piano. Most enjoyable.
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Karen S. April 28, 2013
Singing
Verified Student
voice lessons

billy is a awesome guy and a great teacher I would recommend him to anyone and most diffinitely keep my daughter there until she knows everything about singing.
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Billy H.

Billy H.

Arlington, TX 76010
(3)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Sarah Y.

Dallas, TX

About Sarah

I recently moved to the Dallas area for grad school. I started studying violin with the Suzuki method at the age of 3. I joined an orchestra program in 8th grade and was admitted into the high school orchestra half way through my first year. I remained in the orchestra for the rest of my high school years. My senior year of high school, I started taking lessons with a teacher who taught traditional violin lessons. I also participated in district and state solo and ensemble festivals. I hold a BA in Music with an Ethnomusicology Emphasis. During my undergraduate studies I studied under M
r. David Taylor, the assistant concertmaster of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. I also learned viola during my undergrad, playing viola in the full orchestra at my school for my junior and senior years there.

NOTE: I will not be available to start lessons for new in-home students until the week of June 29. Thanks for your understanding.
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Monamma T. June 9, 2015
Violin · In home
Verified Student
very good experience
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Debbie S. October 20, 2014
Violin · In home
Verified Student
Sarah is wonderful! My daughter really enjoys her lessons, and we are so pleased with Sarah's teaching style. She is kind, encouraging and knowledgeable. We couldn't be happier with our experience!
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Mathew G. July 16, 2014
Violin · In home
Verified Student
Sarah is awesome! She is working with my 4 year old daughter. She is very patient and very effective at communicating on a level that a child can grasp and understand. She is also great with encouragement and motivation. Madison looks forward to every lesson.
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Sarah Y.

Dallas, TX 75236
(3)
starting at
$22 / 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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